Accession Number : ADA268418


Title :   Environmental Impact Analysis Process. Final Environmental Impact Statement. Part 2B. Proposed Central Radar System, Over-the-Horizon Backscatter Radar Program


Corporate Author : ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS DIV HANSCOM AFB MA


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a268418.pdf


Report Date : 22 May 1987


Pagination or Media Count : 460


Abstract : This document describes the probable environmental 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 would consist of four very large transmit antenna arrays located in either northeastern South Dakota or west-central Minnesota, four larger receive antenna arrays located in either eastern North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota, and an operations center proposed for Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Four areas were considered for the transmit arrays, five areas for the receive arrays, and one site for the operations center. Potential significant physical and biological impacts can be avoided or minimized by careful selection of the transmit and receive sites. The key environmental concerns are erosion in areas where substantial grading would be required, interruption of water courses and drainage patterns, disturbance of migratory bird habitat, and the potential for birds colliding with the antennas. Moderate economic stimulation of local economies would result from construction activities, but the benefits of continuing operations would be small. Electromagnetic interference with telecommunication systems is unlikely. No reliable evidence exists that chronic exposure of humans to the radiofrequency radiation levels outside the exclusion fence surrounding the transmit site is likely to be harmful.


Descriptors :   *AIR FORCE FACILITIES , *OVER THE HORIZON RADAR , *ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS , RADIATION , HIGH FREQUENCY , ECONOMICS , SITES , TRACKING , RADAR , HABITATS , BENEFITS , NORTH DAKOTA , MINNESOTA , SOUTH DAKOTA , RADAR TRANSMITTERS , ANTENNA ARRAYS , SURVEILLANCE , BIRDS , EROSION , FREQUENCY BANDS , CONSTRUCTION , INTERFERENCE , ELECTROMAGNETIC INTERFERENCE , RADAR RECEIVERS


Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Active & Passive Radar Detection & Equipment
      Environmental Health and Safety


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE