Environmental Assessment. Weapons and Munitions Maintenance and Storage Complex
CIVIL ENGINEERING SQUADRON ( 341ST) MALMSTROM AFB MT
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This EA is to study the proposed action which is to provide proper storage and handling of the modern weapons systems currently maintained at Malmstrom AFB and the alternatives. The United States Air Force Space Command proposes to upgrade the Weapons and Munitions Maintenance and Storage Complex WMMSC at Malmstrom AFB, Montana. The existing WMMSC is an aging facility that was built prior to the introduction of most modern weapons systems and consequently cannot efficiently store and handle these modern systems. Many of the older munitions storage buildings also have problems with water infiltration and flooding which restricts the use of the buildings and requires frequent costly repairs. As a result, the base must operate the facility with several restrictions on storage capability and handling in order to meet all current security and safety requirements, and must also spend an average of 1.3 million annually to keep the facility in an acceptable condition for its current function. The Proposed Action will upgrade and refurbish the WMMSC to enhance mission effectiveness, protect the environment, and meet all current security and safety requirements. The proposed facility design will incorporate enough flexibility to accommodate any foreseeable changes to the current base mission that might occur in the future. The project will include demolition of seven buildings, upgrade of existing facilities, and construction of new facilities. To facilitate planning and design of the construction, an explosives hazard reduction inspection was conducted and identified 13 explosive storage and operating facilities currently in use at the WMMSC.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Environmental Health and Safety