NEVADA – Navy Announces Fallon Range Modernization Final EIS Available for Public Comment

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Informational Meeting to be Held Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020

The U.S. Navy has prepared a Final 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 Final EIS is now available for the public to view.

Informational Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Fallon Convention Center
100 Campus Way
Fallon, NV 89406

The Navy will hold a public informational meeting following the release of the Final EIS. The meeting will include poster stations staffed by Navy representatives, a presentation starting at 6:00 p.m., and an opportunity for the public to provide oral comments. This public meeting is intended to update the public concerning the Navy’s proposal, the analysis in the Final EIS, and planned monitoring and mitigation measures.

The Navy’s proposal to modernize the Fallon Range Training Complex would include:

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

The proposed modernization would provide training capabilities that are more realistic and are needed to meet changing aviation and ground training requirements, while maintaining the safety of local communities.

The Navy is committed to keeping the public informed. The completion of the Final EIS follows years of research, analysis, and public involvement. The Navy held seven scoping meetings in 2016 and seven public meetings following the release of the Draft EIS in 2018 to provide information and obtain public input. The Final EIS includes Navy responses to public comments received during the Draft EIS public review and comment period.

The Final EIS is now available for public viewing on the project website and at the following public libraries: Austin, Carson City, Churchill County, Crescent Valley, Downtown Reno, Eureka, Fernley, Gabbs Community, Mineral County, Pershing County, and Yerington. Regulations provide for a 30-day wait period after the Final EIS is published before the Navy can make any decision as to which if any of the action alternatives analyzed in the EIS would be selected.

For more information about the EIS, visit www.FRTCModernization.com. The Navy appreciates your interest and participation in the environmental planning process.

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

Ric Foster
Public Lands Volunteer
BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails
208-237-1008 ext. 2