Environmental Assessment for the Construction of a Type III Fuel Hydrant System at the E-7, E-8, and E-9 Complexes at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska
AIR FORCE FIGHTER WING (354TH) EIELSON AFB AK
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Introduction. Eielson Air Force Base Eielson is proposing to upgrade their aircraft refueling capability to meet the demand that current mission requires. At the present time most of the refueling operations are conducted by out-of-date Type I Hydrant facilities built in the 1950s that have deteriorated to such an extent that Eielson could not meet the Air Forces 85 percent hydrant utilization requirement in the event of contingencies. Description of the Proposed Action. The proposed action would result in the construction of a Type III hydrant fueling system that would include sixteen new hydrant outlets, two 1 0,000-gallon aboveground operating tanks, a pump house with a 2,400-gallon per minute pump, a new refueler truck stand, and a pantograph checkout facility. These proposed facilities would be constructed in the vicinity of parking ramps E-7, E-8, and E-9 near the Loop Taxiway. This project would replace portions of two existing Type I hydrant systems. Alternatives to the Proposed Action. One alternative to the proposed action was identified. This alternative would result in the addition of twenty new R-11 refuelers to the existing fleet of fuel transport trucks. In addition, two new refueler warming facilities would be built to house trucks during cold winter temperatures. No Action Alternative. This alternative would result in no upgrades to base refueling systems. Eielsons reduced refueling capacity would continue to exist resulting in the base not being able to meet its strategic mission requirements during Operation Plans.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Terminal Flight Facilities
- Civil Engineering