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Environmental Impact Statement. Disposal and Reuse of Williams Air Force Base, Arizona.
AIR FORCE CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE BROOKS AFB TX
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Pursuant to the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 Public Law 101-510, Title XXIX, Williams AFB was closed on September 30, 1993. This EIS has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act to analyze the potential environmental consequences of the disposal of the base. Although disposal will have few, if any, direct effects, future use by others will create indirect effects. The document, therefore, includes analyses of the potential impacts that a range of reasonably foreseeable alternative reuses may have on the local community, including land use and aesthetics, transportation, utilities, hazardous materialswastes, geology and soils, water resources, air quality, noise, biological resources, and cultural resources. Potential environmental impacts are increased noise levels, traffic, and emissions of air pollutants over closure baseline conditions. Redevelopment could result in wind and water erosion, and would require enactment of preventive measures. Potential wetland acreage could be lost due to implementation of the reuse alternatives. If avoidance of impacts is not viable, mitigation in the form of replacement, restoration, or enhancement is possible. Cultural resources could be impacted by conveyance of the property to a non- federal entity as well as by ground disturbance. Preservation covenants within disposal documents could eliminate or reduce these effects to a non-adverse level. Because the Air Force is disposing of the property, some of the mitigation measures are beyond the control of the Air Force. Remediation of Installation Restoration Program sites is and will continue to be the responsibility of the Air Force.
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE