Accession Number : ADA268185
Title : Environmental Impact Analysis Process. Environmental Impact Statement. Supersonic Flight Operations in the Reserve Military Operations Area, Holloman AFB, New Mexico
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : TACTICAL AIR COMMAND LANGLEY AFB VA
Report Date : Sep 1983
Pagination or Media Count : 587
Abstract : The 49th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW) at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, proposes to fly approximately 300 supersonic sorties per month in the Reserve Military Operations Area/ Air Traffic Control Assigned Airspace area. Several alternatives were reviewed including the no action option. A review of existing MOA's within 150 NM of Holloman AFB show the more viable alternatives to be: utilize only the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) and the Reserve MOA; use only the WSMR and the Valentine MOA. The Air Force's preferred alternative is to conduct 300 sorties per month in both MOA's (Valentine and Reserve) to minimize the number of sonic booms each area would receive. The primary environmental concern associated with the proposed action is the effects of sonic booms. Concerns have been raised about significant indirect impacts to the economy by sonic booms impacting ranching operations and recreational activities. Other concerns raised were wilderness, wildlife, human health and annoyance, structures, cultural resources, and commercial/private air traffic impacts. Each attribute has been analyzed to a depth sufficient to determine if the potential impact would be significant. No significant impacts were identified on socio- economics or health effects. The potential long term health effects of loud noise is a debatable issue.
Descriptors : *SUPERSONIC FLIGHT , *PUBLIC HEALTH , *NOISE POLLUTION , *ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS , *SONIC BOOM , *ECOLOGY , *PUBLIC OPINION , FIGHTER AIRCRAFT , ECONOMIC IMPACT , STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY) , STRESS(PHYSIOLOGY) , NEW MEXICO , RESPONSE(BIOLOGY) , CULTURAL RESOURCES , AIR FORCE OPERATIONS , RECREATION , WILDLIFE , ALTITUDE , FLIGHT MANEUVERS , AIR FORCE FACILITIES , DAMAGE ASSESSMENT , OVERPRESSURE , HYDROLOGY , STRUCTURAL RESPONSE
Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
Sociology and Law
Noise Pollution and Control
Environmental Health and Safety
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE