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Relocation of the Air National Guard 176th Wing to Elmendorf AFB, Alaska

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Environmental assessment

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This EA has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act NEPA. Specific environmental resources associated with Elmendorf AFB with the potential for environmental consequences considered in this EA include airspace management and air traffic control including airport traffic, noise, safety, air quality physical resources, biological resources, cultural resources, land use and transportation, socioeconomics, and environmental justice. Under the Proposed Action, airspace management would not be impacted. There would be no change in noise contours or sound levels beyond those for currently scheduled aircraft. Construction, renovation, and infrastructure upgrades associated with the Proposed Action would affect a total area of approximately 21 acres within the developed portion of Elmendorf AFB. The northern margin of project area would result in removal of some second growth forest along Airlifter Drive within a total area of 9.4 acres. No construction projects are sited in wetlands, floodplains, or areas prone to permafrost. The generation of waste is consistent with normal base activity. The proposed construction and renovation are sited within 200 feet of nine environmental sites. One structure scheduled for renovation is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places NRHP. The setting of one NRHP-eligible structure may be affected by new facilities construction in its vicinity. Seven buildings scheduled for renovation have not been evaluated for NRHP eligibility and are potentially eligible. As specified in the Integrated Cultural Resources Management Plan ICRMP, compliance with Section 106 of NRHP, including State Historic Preservation Office SHPO consultation regarding the NRHP-eligible structures scheduled for exterior renovation and potentially affected by new facilities construction has been initiated and will be completed.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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