[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 43 (Thursday, March 5, 2015)]
[Pages 11983-11984]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-05014]



Department of the Air Force

Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for 
United States Air Force F-35a Operational Basing--Pacific

AGENCY: Department of the Air Force, DOD.

ACTION: Notice of Intent (NOI).


SUMMARY: The Air Force is issuing this notice of intent (NOI) (40 CFR 
1508.22) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to assess 
the proposed action to base two (2) F-35A squadrons (48 Primary 
Assigned Aircraft (PAA)) at Eielson Air Force Base (AFB), Alaska. The 
proposed action will also include the use of related airspace and 
ranges, particularly the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC). 
The F-35A is the conventional take-off and landing version of the Joint 
Strike Fighter (JSF). It is a multiple-role fighter with an emphasis on 
air-to-ground missions.
    A No-Action Alternative will be included in the EIS, whereby no F-
35A squadrons would be based at Eielson AFB. The analysis of the no-
action alternative will provide a benchmark to enable Air Force 
decision-makers to compare the magnitude of the environmental effects 
of the proposed action. No-action means the proposed action would not 
take place, and the resulting environmental effects from taking no-
action will be compared with the effects of allowing the proposed 
activity to go forward.
    Scoping: The public scoping process will be used to identify 
community concerns and local issues to be considered during the draft 
EIS development process. Federal, state, and

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local agencies; Alaska Native Tribes and organizations; as well as 
interested persons are encouraged to provide written comments of 
environmental concern associated with the proposed action to the Air 
Force. Comments should be provided by the methods and dates indicated 

DATES: Public scoping meetings will be held in North Pole, Fairbanks, 
and Delta Junction, Alaska at the following dates, times, and 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    North Pole Worship Center, 3340 Badger Road, North Pole.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Westmark Hotel and Conference Center, 813 Noble Street, Fairbanks.

Thursday, March 26, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Alaskan Steakhouse & Motel, 265 Richardson Highway, Delta Junction.
    Comments on the proposal can be made at the scoping meetings, by 
mail, or via the project Web site at: https://www.PACAF-F35Aeis.com. 
Written comments can be mailed to: 354 FW/PA, 354 Broadway Avenue, 
Suite 15A, Eielson AFB, AK 99702.
    Although comments can be submitted to the Air Force at any time 
during the EIS process, scoping comments are requested by Friday, April 
17, 2015 to ensure full consideration in the draft EIS.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions regarding the proposed 
action, scoping, and EIS development, contact the Eielson AFB Public 
Affairs Office, at 907-377-2116 or at 354fw.pa.publicaffairs@us.af.mil.

Henry Williams Jr.,
Acting Air Force Federal Register Liaison Officer, DAF.
[FR Doc. 2015-05014 Filed 3-4-15; 8:45 am]