Accession Number : ADA612501
Title : F-35A Training Basing Environmental Impact Statement. Volume 1
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : AIR EDUCATION AND TRAINING COMMAND RANDOLPH AFB TX
Report Date : Jun 2012
Pagination or Media Count : 1068
Abstract : This EIS was prepared by the Air Force in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 United States Code [U.S.C.] 4321 et seq.), as implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 1500-1508), and Air Force Instruction (AFI) 32-7061, The Environmental Impact Analysis Process (as promulgated in 32 CFR 989). This EIS assessed the environmental consequences of the alternatives on the following resource categories: airspace management and use, noise, air quality, safety, soils and water, vegetation and wildlife, wetlands and aquatic communities, threatened and endangered species, cultural resources land use and recreation, socioeconomics, environmental justice, infrastructure, transportation, and hazardous materials and waste. Analysis established that no substantial adverse impacts on the following resource categories would result from implementing any of the alternatives or associated aircraft scenarios: airspace management and use, air quality (except for the Boise AGS 72-aircraft scenario), soils and water, vegetation and wildlife, wetlands and aquatic communities, land use and recreation, transportation, or hazardous materials and waste. Training overflights may affect, but are not likely to adversely affect, threatened and endangered species. At Boise AGS, Luke AFB, and Tucson AGS, noise levels generated by the F-35A in the vicinity of the main airfields would adversely impact the exposed population, subsequently resulting in potentially adverse impacts on residents, property values, and environmental justice communities, including children. Noise generated at the Roswell International Air Center, El Paso International Airport, and Biggs Army Airfield auxiliary airfields would generate adverse impacts under the Holloman AFB alternative. Low-level training overflights in some locations could result in increased annoyance for persons under the training airspace.
Descriptors : *AIR FORCE FACILITIES , *ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS , ADVERSE CONDITIONS , AIR FORCE , AIR FORCE TRAINING , AIR QUALITY , AIR SPACE , AIRCRAFT , CULTURAL RESOURCES , ENDANGERED SPECIES , ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT , ENVIRONMENTS , FIGHTER AIRCRAFT , HAZARDOUS MATERIALS , INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS , LAND USE , LANDING FIELDS , LEVEL(QUANTITY) , MANAGEMENT , NOISE , OVERFLIGHT , POLICIES , POPULATION , POSITION(LOCATION) , QUALITY , REGULATIONS , RESOURCES , SAFETY , SCENARIOS , SOILS , TRAINING , TRANSPORTATION , VEGETATION , WASTES , WATER , WETLANDS
Subject Categories : Attack and Fighter Aircraft
Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
Environmental Health and Safety
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE