Accession Number:

ADA509797

Title:

Environmental Assessment/Overseas Environmental Assessment for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Initial Operational Test and Evaluation

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept. 14 Sep 2007-30 Sep 2009.

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE CENTER FOR ENGINEERING AND THE ENVIRONMENT BROOKS CITY-BASE TX

Report Date:

2009-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

399.0

Abstract:

The attached environmental assessmentoverseas environmental assessment EAOEA analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with implementation of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter JSF Initial Operational Test and Evaluation IOTE program. Support aircraft operations and effects are addressed as part of the baseline activities. The Proposed Action would entail basing 20 F-35 aircraft 6 F-35As U.S. Air Force, 6 F-35Bs U.S. Marine Corps, 6 F-35Cs U.S. Navy, and 2 F-35Bs UK at existing facilities at Edwards Air Force Base AFB, and conducting flights in the R-2508 Complex Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division NAWCWD China Lake, California NAWCWD Point Mugu Ranges, California Nevada Test and Training Range NTTR, Nevada Utah Test and Training Range UTTR, Utah White Sands Missile Range WSMR, New Mexico National Training Center NTC Fort Irwin, California and Marine Corps Air Station MCAS Yuma Ranges, Arizona and California. The Proposed Action also includes several deployment demonstrations that would occur at several locations. Aspects of socioeconomics, airspace, land use, aesthetics, transportation, utilities, hazardous materials management, geology and soils, water resources, and cultural resources would not be affected by proposed activities. Air emissions from Proposed Action activities would be de minimis and would not be regionally significant. Noise levels at the Edwards AFB airfield would increase due to F-35 take-offs and landings during IOTE. This increase in noise levels would not exceed the significance threshold established by the Federal Aviation Administration. This EAOEA analyzes the potential environmental impacts from proposed activities on air quality, noise, and biological resources. The Air Force has determined that the impacts to these resources would not be significant.

Subject Categories:

  • Attack and Fighter Aircraft
  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Ecology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE