|Air Force To Hold Public Scoping Meetings On First F-22 Operational Wing |
Air Force To Hold Public Scoping Meetings On First F-22 Operational Wing
Langley Air Force Base, Va. (AFPN) 17 March 2000 -- The Air Force has scheduled a series of open meetings to gather feedback from the public on the environmental process which will help establish a home for the first operational F-22 wing. The public comments gathered from these meetings will assist the Air Force in the screening process to identify the alternatives for detailed analysis in an Environmental Impact Statement.
A crew chief from the F-22 Combined Test Force, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., directs Lt. Col. Bill Craig, the pilot of Raptor 4003, after he landed here March 15 following a cross-country trip from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Raptor 4003 is the newest F-22 test aircraft. All F-22 flight testing is carried out at Edwards. (Photo U.S. Air Force by Kevin Robertson)
The scoping period consists of two phases. The first phase is scheduled in communities surrounding the five locations that have initially been proposed as possible sites for the beddown of an F-22 operational wing. The five locations include Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Elmendorf AFB, Alaska; Langley AFB, Va.; Mountain Home AFB, Idaho and Tyndall AFB, Fla.
After these initial scoping meetings, the Air Force will review public comments to help determine which locations should be analyzed in detail in the EIS. The Air Force will then hold a second phase of scoping meetings at the identified locations to solicit community involvement and feedback for the environmental analysis to support the beddown of the wing. Phase two of scoping meetings are tentatively scheduled for May at those installations selected for detailed analysis. The F-22 air superiority fighter is being developed to replace the F-15C. The proposal for the initial F-22 beddown includes 72 operational aircraft grouped into three squadrons. The first F-22 is scheduled for delivery in 2004.
Public involvement is an essential part of the environmental process. With public involvement and detailed environmental analysis, the National Environmental Policy Act process helps the decision-maker arrive at the best possible informed decision.
The schedule for the public scoping meetings is as follows:
Langley AFB, Va.: March 30, 7:00-9:00 p.m.: Machen Elementary School, 20 Sacramento Drive, Hampton
Eglin AFB, Fla.: April 3, 7:00-9:00 p.m.: University of Western Florida Fort Walton Beach Campus/OWCC, Fort Walton Beach
Tyndall AFB, Fla.: April 4, 7:00-9:00 p.m.: Gulf Coast Community College, Panama City
Elmendorf AFB, Alaska: April 6, 7:00-9:00 p.m.: East High School, Anchorage
Mountain Home AFB, Idaho: April 11, 7:00-9:00 p.m.: Mountain Home Junior High School, Mountain Home
The environmental impact analysis will examine issues relating to land use, airspace and safety, air and water quality, noise, socio-economics, biological and cultural resources and cumulative actions. The environmental analysis process will be completed in about two years.
The Environmental Impact Analysis Process encourages comments and feedback at any time. However, to ensure sufficient time to consider public and agency comments in the screening process and the preparation of the draft EIS, comments should be submitted to the following address by June 30: HQ ACC/CEVP; 129 Andrews St., Ste. 102; Langley AFB VA 23665-2769; Attn: Ms. Brenda Cook. (Courtesy of ACC News Service).