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

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1983-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

587.0

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 MOAs 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 Forces preferred alternative is to conduct 300 sorties per month in both MOAs 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 commercialprivate 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.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Aircraft Operations
  • Sociology and Law
  • Noise Pollution and Control
  • Environmental Health and Safety

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE