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Air Force to Release Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Posted 5/30/2013   Updated 5/30/2013 Email story   Print story


Release Number: 010513

5/30/2013 - WASHINGTON  -- Today the Air Force announced it will release on May 31 its draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposal to relocate the 18th Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska and to re-size the remaining wing overhead/base operating support at Eielson Air Force Base.

The draft Environmental Impact Statement, which addresses the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts of the proposal to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Eielson Air Force Base, and the surrounding communities, will be available for public review and comment until July 30.

The public comment period offers the opportunity for interested citizens and stakeholders to provide their input to the Air Force to help shape its decision. The final Environmental Impact Statement and record of decision are expected in Fall of 2013.

In addition to the Environmental Impact Statement, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley also directed Pacific Air Forces to prepare a strategic assessment.

"The Secretary has asked the Commander of Pacific Air Forces to provide an assessment that addresses the current state of the Alaska operational environment and define the impact on Pacific Air Forces' ability to provide air and space power in support of U.S. Pacific Command contingency plans," said Acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Installations, Environment, and Logistics, Ms. Kathleen Ferguson. "The Secretary also asked that it revalidate the anticipated costs, benefits and manpower adjustments assumed in the original proposal for the Aggressors move."

The strategic assessment is ongoing and is expected to be finished this fall.

The decision on the Aggressors proposed move from Eielson Air Base to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson will be made only after senior leaders have an opportunity to review both the final Environmental Impact Statement and Pacific Air Force's Strategic Assessment and determine what action, if any, will be taken on the proposal to relocate the Aggressor Squadron and re-size the remaining support at Eielson.

The Draft EIS will be available on May 31 for download at www.alaskaf-16eis.com and may be reviewed in hard copy format at the following locations:

· Fairbanks Area: Eielson AFB Library, Fairbanks North Star Borough/Noel Wien Public Library and North Pole Branch, and the University of Alaska Library.

· Anchorage Area: Alaska Resources Library and Information Services, Alaska State Court Law Library, Z. J. Loussac Public Library, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Library, Chugiak-Eagle River Branch Library, Eagle Public Library, Mountain View Branch Library, Muldoon Branch Library, Palmer Public Library, and Wasilla Public Library.

· Juneau: Alaska State Library and Historical Collections.

The Air Force will also hold public hearings in Palmer (Alaska State Fairgrounds) and Anchorage (Clark Middle School) on 17 and 18 Jun, respectively, and in Fairbanks (Westmark Hotel and Conference Center) and North Pole (North Pole Elementary School) on 19 and 20 Jun, respectively, to receive additional comments from the public on the proposal.

Written comments should be directed to Mr. Allen Richmond, AFCEC/CZN, 2261 Hughes Ave, Ste. 155, Lackland AFB, TX 78236-9853. Comments on the DEIS may be submitted electronically at www.alaskaf-16eis.com

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