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Air Force to prepare Environmental Impact Statement for new missile system

The U.S. Air Force plans to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) basing action and Minuteman III demilitarization at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming; Malmstrom AFB, Montana; and Minot AFB, North Dakota.

According to Air Force information, the EIS will assess the potential environmental consequences of the proposal of GBSD, which will modernize and replace Minuteman III flight systems, weapon system command and control, and launch systems (launch facilities, control centers, and other ground infrastructure). It will also address GBSD and Minuteman III support locations at Hill AFB, Utah; the Utah Test and Training Range; and Camp Guernsey, Wyoming.

Due to public health concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, the Air Force will not hold face-to-face public scoping meetings. Instead, scoping materials that would have been presented at the meetings are available on the project website at www.gbsdeis.com. For inquiries about the project, or to request printed or digital copies of the scoping materials, contact the 75th Air Base Public Affairs Office at (801) 775-3652.

The Air Force invites agencies, organizations, and members of the public to review the scoping materials and submit comments online at www.gbsdeis.com, by email to gbsdeis@tetratech.com, or by mail to Tetra Tech, Inc.; c/o Jennifer Jarvis; ATTN: GBSD Comments; 10306 Eaton Place, Suite 340; Fairfax, VA 22030. Comments will be accepted at any time during the environmental impact analysis process; however, to ensure the Air Force has sufficient time to consider public input during preparation of the draft EIS, comments should be submitted by Nov. 13.

The scoping process is intended to involve the public early with the planning and development of the EIS and to help identify issues to address in the environmental analysis. To effectively define the full range of issues and concerns to be evaluated in the EIS, the Air Force is soliciting scoping comments from interested local, state, and federal agencies and interested members of the public.

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