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Environmental Impact Analysis Process. Environmental Assessment for Combat Survivor/Evader Locator System Testing and Deployment

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This environmental assessment EA analyzes the potential environmental issues associated with the Developmental Testing and Operational Assessment of 35 production CSEL radios by DoD personnel at various existing DoD facilities, and the proposed production, deployment, operation, maintenance, and disposal of the CSEL system and its associated infrastructure worldwide. The Department of Defense DoD currently relies on the PRC-90 and the PRC-112 standard issue survival radios to assist search and rescue forces to locate downed pilots and other isolated personnel. The design of these radios is 15-30 years old and exhibits key shortcomings that can be overcome by current technology. In January 1992, as a result of lessons learned in Desert Storm, the Combat SurvivorEvader Locator CSEL program was approved. The CSEL system was designed to provide global over-the-horizon data communications, line-of-sight voice communications, and precise Global Position System GPS capabilities for DoD personnel in survival and evasion situations. The system consists of three components User Equipment, Over-the-Horizon Relay, and Ground System. Two specific issues are the focus of this EA. The CSEL hand-held radio is powered by a lithium sulfur dioxide LiSO2 battery pack that has the potential to emit hot toxic sulfur dioxide vapors. This EA analyzes the potential environmental consequences of uncontrolled venting of the battery pack. The transmittingreceiving antennas that will be installed as part of the UHF SATCOM Base Stations at four existing Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Stations, and two similar antennas that will be installed to support the CSEL Operational Assessment program emit low-level electro-magnetic radiation EMR that has the potential to result in human health and safety risks. This EA analyzes the potential human health and safety consequences associated with the EMR generated by the CSEL antennas. 5 figures, 7 refs., 5 appendixes7

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  • Radiation Pollution and Control
  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Radio Communications

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