Final Environmental Impact Statement of the Proposed Ground Based Free Electron Laser Technology Integration Experiment, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico
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Three sites were considered as alternative locations for the Ground Based Free Electron Laser Technology Integration Experiment. All three sites are located completely within the existing boundaries of White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The EIS contains a generic description of the facilities required for both a low and high power phase of testing and discusses those impacts associated with the experiment which would occur at each site. The EIS also identifies impacts to cultural resources, vegetation, wildlife and groundwater resources associated with the selection of any site. In comparing all these differing impacts between sites, it has been determined that selection of the Orogrande site would have the least environmental impact and is not anticipated to have any adverse impacts on the White Sands National Monument, any Federal or State environmentally sensitive areas or any Federally listed threatened or endangered species. In consideration of site specific environmental impacts, estimated construction schedules and costs, experimental and operating factors, and White Sands Missile Range program and schedule conflicts, the U.S. Army Strategic Defense Command has identified the Orogrande site as its preferred alternative.
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