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Environmental Assessment: Radio Receiving and Transmission Site (RRATS) at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey

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The Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Command CERDEC Flight Activity CFA at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst JB MDL Figure 1-1 proposes to install a Radio Receiving and Transmission Site RRATS on Lakehurst, in Ocean County, NJ. This Environmental Assessment EA addresses the potential environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural impacts of this proposal at JB MDL. This EA has been prepared to document the potential for environmental impacts resulting from the Proposed Action. This EA has been prepared under the provisions of, and in accordance with, the National Environmental Policy Act NEPA of 1969 42 United States Code USC 4321 et seq., Council of Environmental Quality CEQ Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA 40 Code of Federal Regulations CFR 1500-1508, and 32 CFR 989 Air Force Environmental Impacts Analysis Process. The Proposed Action is needed to generate and receive a variety of signals in order to support multiple Program Executive Office, Intelligence Electronic Warfare Sensors initiatives. The project would represent an upgrade from legacy test standards and equipment to enhanced testing methods and facilities for current and emerging technologies. It would provide a fixed site for calibration and testing of airborne collection and direction finding systems currently under development by the CFA. No comparable capability exists in the Northeast US. A similar facility exists in the Mid-Atlantic region, although its distant location and frequent scheduling conflicts makes it unsuitable for CFA use. The CFA is currently using antennas mounted on mobile vans to provide some of this capability and a fixed site would significantly improve calibration accuracy.

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  • Civil Engineering
  • Radio Communications

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