Environmental Assessment with Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI) for New Mobile Aircraft Fire Trainer
AIR FORCE ACADEMY COLORADO SPRINGS CO CIVIL ENGINEER SQUADRON (10TH) ENVIRONMENTAL DIV
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The US Air Force Academy USAFA or Academy proposes to construct a Mobile Aircraft Fire Trainer MAFT to be located near the existing Fire Training Tower. The purpose is to create a site that can appropriately facilitate the use of the MAFT as a tool to train the Academy Fire Department. A new site is required because the MAFT is currently set at a temporary location, hindering other types of firefighter training exercises. If training needs are not met, the USAFA will not meet their mandated readiness requirements and suffer funding consequences and possible mission changes. Pursuant to the Council on Environmental Quality CEQ regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act NEPA, Air Force Instruction AFI 32-7061, and the Environmental Impact Analysis Process EIAP, as promulgated in Title 32 CFR Part 989, the U.S. Air Force Academy Academy has prepared an Environmental Assessment EA of potential environmental effects associated with construction and operation of a new MAFT. The Preferred Alternative site for the MAFT is located immediately west of building 6099, the Fire Training Tower. This area of the Academy is currently designated for firefighter training, it has sufficient access for firefighting vehicles and with the construction of the proposed concrete pad it will be able to facilitate the firefighter training exercises without harming the natural environment. The reinforced concrete pad will be approximately 250 x 130 at its largest point. Direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of the Preferred Alternative have been considered. No significant adverse impacts from the Proposed Action were identified. Mitigations for Water Resources and Hazardous Waste during construction and operation must be managed through Best Management Practices to make the impacts insignificant. The issuance of a FONSI is warranted, and preparation of an environmental impact statement is not required.
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