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Environmental Assessment KC-46A Depot Maintenance Activation, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Volume 1

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The 72 Air Base Wing ABW at Tinker AFB is proposing to establish a KC-46A depot maintenance facility at Tinker AFB. The Proposed Action includes facility construction, personnel and workload increases, and increases in testing, maintenance and flight activities to support the KC-46A operations. The KC-46A aircraft is the Replacement Tanker Aircraft for the aging KC-135 fleet. KC-46A aircraft are projected to begin arriving at Tinker AFB for maintenance beginning in 2018 and the current KC-135 depot maintenance facilities are inadequate to meet the maintenance needs for the KC-46A aircraft. Under the No-action Alternative, the Air Force would not construct or demolish any facilities or infrastructure at Tinker AFB, nor would any additional property acquisitions occur to accommodate the new mission requirement for the KC-46A maintenance operations. Under the Preferred Alternative, KC-46A depot maintenance would be located at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe BNSF Railyard. Although the BNSF Railyard property is off-base, it is immediately adjacent to Tinker AFB property. The acquisition of the 156-acre property would be required in order to establish KC-46A depot maintenance facilities at the BNSF Railyard site. Under Alternative 1, KC-46A depot maintenance would utilize the Defense Logistics Agency DLA Infill. The DLA Infill is located on the current DLA warehouse campus and adjoining area. It is currently part of Tinker AFB and consists of property that is currently owned by the Air Force. The following resources were identified for study in this EA Airspace Management Noise Safety Air Quality Land Use Physical Resources Water Resources Biological Resources Cultural Resources Hazardous Materials and Wastes Utilities and Infrastructure Socioeconomic Resources and Environmental Justice.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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