NEVADA – Navy Announces Fallon Range Modernization Draft EIS Available for Public Comment Public Meetings to Be Held

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The U.S. Navy has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to assess the potential environmental impacts of the proposed modernization of the Fallon Range Training Complex, located in northern Nevada. The document is now available for public review and comment, and the Navy will hold seven public meetings throughout northern Nevada to inform the public about the proposal and the results of the environmental impact analysis. The Navy welcomes your review and comments on the Draft EIS during the public comment period from Nov. 16, 2018, to Jan. 15, 2019.

The Navy’s proposal to modernize the Fallon Ranges would include:

  • Renewal of the current public land withdrawal
  • Land range expansion through additional withdrawal of public lands and acquisition of non-federal land
  • Airspace expansion and modifications
  • Upgrades to range infrastructure

The proposed modernization would provide more realistic training capabilities while maintaining the safety of local communities.
 
Public Involvement

The Navy will be holding seven public meetings to provide information and an opportunity for the public to comment on the Draft EIS. Public meetings will include an open-house information session, during which time Navy representatives will be available to provide information and answer questions. A brief Navy presentation and public oral comment session will occur at approximately the beginning of the second hour of the meetings. Written and oral comments will be accepted at each public meeting.

The public meeting schedule is as follows:

DATE LOCATION
Monday, Dec. 10, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hawthorne Convention Center
932 E St.
Hawthorne, NV 89415
Monday, Dec. 10, 2018
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Gabbs School Gymnasium
511 E Ave.
Gabbs, NV 89409
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Austin Town Hall
135 Court St.
Austin, NV 89310
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Eureka Opera House, Grand Hall
31 S. Main St.
Eureka, NV 89316
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fallon Convention Center
100 Campus Way
Fallon, NV 89406
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
C Punch Inn and Casino, Kumiva Room
1420 Cornell Ave.
Lovelock, NV 89419
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
West 2nd Events Center
600 W. 2nd St.
Reno, NV 89503

Comments pertaining to the Navy’s proposed modernization or the draft environmental analysis may also be submitted online or by mail to:

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest
Attention: Code EV21.SG
1220 Pacific Highway
Building 1, 5th Floor
San Diego, CA 92132

Additional information is also available at www.FRTCModernization.com.  All written comments must be postmarked or received online by Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, to be considered in the Final EIS.


Fallon Range Training Complex Modernization EIS
www.FRTCModernization.com

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

Ric Foster
Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext. 2