Accession Number : ADA266949


Title :   Construction and Operation of the West Coast OTH-B Radar System


Corporate Author : ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS DIV HANSCOM AFB MA


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a266949.pdf


Report Date : 07 Nov 1983


Pagination or Media Count : 378


Abstract : This document describes the probable environment impacts of constructing and operating a new surveillance and tracking radar that operates in the High Frequency band of the electromagnetic spectrum. The radar system will consist of three very large transmitting antennas located in south-central Oregon, three somewhat smaller receiving antennas located in northeastern California, a base for providing logistic and maintenance support to the antenna sites, and an operations center. Two candidate sites were considered for the transmitting antennas, two for the receiving antennas, one for the support base, and four for the operations center. The impact analysis found that there is no evidence that chronic exposure of humans to the radiofrequency radiation levels outside the exclusion fence surrounding the transmitter site is likely to be harmful. Electromagnetic interference with telecommunications systems in the area is likely, but handling and use of electroexplosive devices would be unsafe within about 6 miles and possibly at greater distances, depending on soil conductivity. No significant adverse biophysical impacts are anticipated at any site, although both precautionary and mitigation measures would be taken. No significant adverse socioeconomic impacts are expected at any site, but care must be taken with potential cultural resource finds. Temporary economic stimulation of local economies would result from construction activities, but the benefits of continuing operations would be small.


Descriptors :   *PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS , *ELECTROMAGNETIC INTERFERENCE , *OVER THE HORIZON RADAR , *ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS , *ECOLOGY , ECONOMIC IMPACT , HEALTH , ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY , EXPLOSIVES , RESOURCE MANAGEMENT , ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT , AIR QUALITY , OREGON , ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRA , SEARCH RADAR , WILDLIFE , RADIOFREQUENCY , RADAR ANTENNAS , LAND USE , WATER QUALITY , ARCHEOLOGY , EXPLOSIVE ACTUATORS , EXPOSURE(PHYSIOLOGY) , GEOLOGICAL SURVEYS , CALIFORNIA , SAFETY , FAULTS(GEOLOGY) , SOILS , CONSTRUCTION


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Anatomy and Physiology
      Ecology
      Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy
      Active & Passive Radar Detection & Equipment
      Radiofrequency Wave Propagation
      Environmental Health and Safety


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE