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Environmental Assessment for the Expansion of the Munitions Storage Pad at Eielson AFB, Alaska

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Eielson AFB is proposing to expand an existing munitions storage pad to provide an area adequate in size to handle 120-foot-long munitions containers. Live munitions are shipped to Eielson on barges that come out of the Port of Seattle twice a year. The barges unload the munitions at the Port of Valdez in Alaska and are then transported in containers by truck to Eielson. These container trucks are 120-feet-long and need the appropriate sized area to stage and unload the containers. These container trucks are currently staged on the flightline taxiways and unloaded. This is not an efficient use of flightline space. Description of the Proposed Action The Proposed Action will result in the expansion of an existing 244-foot by 222-foot munitions storage pad to a larger size of 404-feet by 240-feet. The new pad size would accommodate the l20-foot munitions containers. The project will result in the filling and alteration of 1.6 acres of black spruce wetlands. Only one other alternative was identified for this project. This alternative would utilize existing munitions facilities located at the Quarry Hill conventional munitions facility in lieu of the current holding area. Containers would be hauled to Quarry Hill, off-loaded and stored at this facility until required for loading on aircraft. The conventional munitions facility is over 3 miles by unimproved road from the flight line where aircraft are staged for loading munitions. With a maximum munitions tow speed of 15 mph, even if sufficient space were available at Quarry Hill, the delay in munitions delivery could slow aircraft generation, by as much as 45 minutes per aircraft.

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  • Containers and Packaging
  • Ammunition and Explosives

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