Final Environmental Assessment for New Golf Driving Range at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado
AIR FORCE CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE BROOKS AFB TX
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BACKGROUND Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act NEPA of 1969, as amended, Council on Environmental Quality NEP A implementing regulations 40 Code of Federal Regulations CFR Parts 1500-1508, and Air Force NEPA implementing regulations 32 CFR 989, the USAF conducted an assessment of the potential consequences of constructing and operating a new golf driving range at Buckley AFB Proposed Action and the No Action Alternative. The Proposed Action would be to provide additional recreation opportunities for the military and civilian workforce stationed at Buckley AFB. PROPOSED ACTION The USAF proposes to construct and operate a golf driving range at Buckley AFB. The driving range would encompass approximately four acres of land within the AFB boundaries and would consist of eight tee boxes, associated sidewalks, an equipment storage shed and safety netting. Parking would be provided in an existing, nearby parking lot. FACTORS CONSIDERED IN DETERMINING THAT NO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT IS REQUIRED The EA analyzed the environmental impacts of alternatives to the Proposed Action taking into account all relevant environmental resource areas and conditions. The USAF has examined the following resource areas and conditions and found that the Proposed Action will either have no or inconsequential impact air quality, biotic resources, cultural resources, environmental justice, geology, hazardous materialshazardous waste, land use and aesthetics, noise, socioeconomics, utilities and water. Portions of the area of the driving range that will not be disturbed by construction or operation do contain subsurface contamination. While the Proposed Action would not have any significant effect to contaminated sites, if remedial action were required at these sites in the future, the driving range could be inoperable during remedial activities. This situation affects the driving range, but is not an environmental consequence of the Proposed Action.
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