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BLM Communications Use Lease to USAF to Conduct Patriot Communications Exercises in Lincoln County, Nevada. Final Environmental Assessment

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This EA evaluates potential environmental impacts that would result from the implementation of the 15-year CUL requested by the USAF, Nellis Air Force Base AFB, from the Bureau of Land Management BLM to support ground-based RadarCommunications exercises at 14 5.7- acre sites 79.8 acres across Lincoln County, Nevada. The proposed RadarCommunications exercises would be associated with the creation of an IADS using Patriot radar communications and other electronic air defense systems. The IADS and RadarCommunications systems would be deployed on the Nevada Test and Training Range NTTR in up to five annual exercises for a period of 15 years. The ground activities would require the participation of one of the United States Army s Air Defense Artillery ADA battalions or other mission capable unit. The proposed Radar Communications exercises would be conducted on public lands administered by the BLM located under Military Operations Area MOA airspace. Preparation of the EA complies with the National Environmental Policy Act NEPA 42 U.S. Code USC 4321 et seq. the Council on Environmental Quality CEQ Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA 40 Code of Federal Regulations CFR 1500 1508 Department of the Air Force Environmental Impact Analysis Process EIAP 32 CFR 989 Instruction 32-7061, which implements NEPA and CEQ regulations for Air Force Actions and BLM 43 CFR 1600, Planning Regulations Instruction Memorandum IM 2001-03. The environmental resources potentially affected by the Proposed Action include air quality, biological resources, grazing, water and geological resources, land use, visual, recreation, noise, transportation, and hazardous materials. Adverse effects to these resources would be temporary, limited to small areas, and would occur in largely un-populated areas.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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