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Final Environmental Assessment for Wide Area Coverage Construct Land Mobile Network Communications Infrastructure Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana

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The Interoperability Montana IM Project is initiating a comprehensive communication system to be implemented across Montana. The system will provide advanced digital, secure voice and data communications for public safety organizations. The system will be based on current federal and state communication standards in which federal, state, and local public safety and emergency management representatives can operate autonomously and transition seamlessly to communicate effectively during emergency situations. The effort involves upgrading equipment, antennas, and utility connections at mostly existing communication sites across central Montana. The 11 communication sites included in the upgraded network include Belgian Hill, Cooney, Flying J, Garneill, Highwood Baldy, Judith Peak, Malmstrom AFB Building 500, Pacific Steel, South Moccasin, Sullivan, Teton Ridge, and South Peak. The proposed South Peak communication site is an alternative to using Highwood Baldy. This EA has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act to analyze the potential environmental consequences of the Proposed Action and alternatives. Three alternatives were examined the Proposed Action, the South Peak Alternative, and the No-Action Alternative. The Proposed Action involves the establishment of 11 Wide Area Coverage WAC communication sites across central Montana. The South Peak Alternative involves establishing 11 WAC communication sites across central Montana however, South Peak would be used as a communication location rather than Highwood Baldy Peak. The No-Action Alternative involves not implementing WAC communication upgrades. The environmental resources potentially affected by the Proposed Action and alternatives are land use and aesthetics, hazardous materials management, hazardous waste management, storage tanks, asbestos, lead-based paint, soils and geology, biological resources, and cultural resources.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Radio Communications

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