Environmental Assessment of the 445th Airlift Wing Conversion from C-5 to C-17 Aircraft at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
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AIR FORCE RESERVE COMMAND ROBINS AFB GA
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Headquarters AFRC is proposing an aircraft replacement for the 445 AW based at WPAFB, Ohio. The 445 AW currently possesses ten C-5 Primary Assigned Aircraft PAA. The ten C-5 aircraft would be replaced by eight C-17 PAA and one C-17 Backup Aircraft Inventory BAI, for a total of nine C-17 aircraft stationed at WPAFB. For analysis, eight C-17 PAA are evaluated because one C-17 BAI would only operate if one or more PAA were unable to fly. The ten C-5 aircraft are expected to be retired or transferred over the next several years. The aircraft conversion, if implemented, would begin in Fiscal Year FY 11 and end in FY12. The drawdown of C-5s would begin in FY11. The Proposed Action would provide the necessary facility modifications to enable 445 AW aircrews to perform readiness training operations and ensure that mission requirements for C-17 aircraft are met and sustained. This EA evaluates the Proposed Action and the No Action Alternative. Resources considered in the impact analysis are airspace management, land use, air quality, noise, geological resources, water resources, biological resources, cultural resources, socioeconomics and environmental justice, infrastructure, health and safety, and hazardous materials and wastes. Analyses in this document identify minor short-term adverse impacts on air quality and noise resulting from the proposed construction activities related to the facility modifications and the operation of the C-17 aircraft. The EA was made available to the public on December 4, 2010, for a 30-day review period.
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