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Environmental Assessment for the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Mission Control Station for Defense Support Program Consolidation

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A number of different missile warning, defense, and battlespace characterization systems are currently in use by the Department of Defense DoD and other national users. These systems include the Defense Support Program DSP, Large Processing Station LPS, Attack and Launch Early Reporting to Theater ALERT, Tactical Detection and Reporting TACDAR, and Joint Tactical Ground Station JTAGS. The DoD proposes to integrate and ultimately replace these systems with the Space Based Infrared System SBIRS. SBIRS would be the sole national and DoD overhead nonimaging infrared satellite system. A new Mission Control Station MCS is needed to consolidate current DSP operations. With this consolidation, the current high costs of DSP operations and its dependence on overseas processing stations can be reduced. Construction would begin in fiscal year 1997. The construction and operation of the MCS requires an Environmental Assessment EA. This EA will assist Air Force decisionmakers in determining a site location by analyzing the environmental impacts associated with the construction and initial operation of the MCS. The decision is whether to construct the MCS at Buckley Air National Guard Base, Colorado proposed action reconfigure a portion of the National Test Facility NTF at Falcon Air Force Base, Colorado, to accommodate the MCS alternative action or take no action. This EA evaluated the environmental effects on the following resources air quality, water resources, transportation, socioeconomics, water quality, solid waste, hazardous materialswaste management, pollution prevention, utilities, land use, noise, cultural resources, biological resources, geological resources, and health and safety. This EA concludes that construction of the SBIRS MCS will not have a significant environmental impact on either location, and an environmental impact statement is not required. 18 tables, 8 figures,

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Air Pollution and Control
  • Water Pollution and Control
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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