Environmental Assessment: Relocation of Facilities at Hurlburt Field, Florida
CH2M HILL INC TAMPA FL
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BACKGROUND The U.S. Air Force proposes to relocate several existing facilities and the Permanent Exercise Area PEA currently located in the southeastern part of Hurlburt Field. The purpose of the Proposed Action is to accommodate projected installation growth, improve organizational functionality, and increase land-use compatibility at Hurlburt Field in support of existing and future mission requirements. Hurlburt Field has very little expansion capability due to environmental and operational constraints. Relocation of the facilities and PEA is needed to enhance and improve space utilization efficiency and landuse compatibility in the southeastern part of the installation. Moreover, relocation of the PEA is needed to provide the remoteness, isolation, and proximity to the airfield that is required for PEA training. PROPOSED ACTION AND ALTERNATIVES Under the Proposed Action, the existing 823rd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers RED HORSE storage compound, RED HORSE Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit ROWPU training facility, PEA, and 23rd Special Tactics Squadron 23 STS campus would be demolished and reconstructed in different locations. The Proposed Action would also involve the creation of a Mission Rehearsal Isolation Facility ISOF A C training area at Hurlburt Field. The existing RED HORSE area is approximately 3 acres, the existing PEA is approximately 25 acres, and the existing 23 STS campus is approximately 10 acres. The Proposed Action covers the demolition of the existing facilities areas proposed to be relocated, reconstruction of the facilities areas in their new locations, and the operation of the proposed new facilities areas in their new locations. Based on the alternatives analysis conducted for the project, three action alternatives Alternatives 1, 2, and 3 were identified as having the ability to meet the goals and intent of the Proposed Action.
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