The National Park Service faced a difficult problem for cleaning and removing the paint on the historic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Cape Hatteras National Seashore as part of the renovation of the structure. It is currently testing the use of dry ice blasting because, unlike using sand blasting or traditional paint removers, the dry ice pellets turn to carbon dioxide gas, thus leaving no residue on the structure nor causing any damage to the natural environment. NPS contracted with HydroPrep to conduct the test. If successful, it will likely take five months to clean the entire lighthouse. NPS received funding from Congress for the renovation.
Temporary Reprieve From Wildfire Insurance Coverage For Forest Service Campground and Day Use Permits
The US Forest Service recently issued a letter asking Regional Foresters to consider requests from holders of campground and day use permits for a one