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Navy seeks input on Fallon Range Complex

Staff Report

Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, the U.S. Navy has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the potential environmental impacts associated with ongoing and proposed training activities within the Fallon Range Training Complex.

The Navy proposes to adjust current training activities to accommodate evolving mission requirements, including those resulting from training, tactics development, testing and introduction of new aircraft and weapons systems into the fleet.

The Navy is seeking input on the Fallon Range Training Complex Draft EIS. The Draft EIS is available for public review and comment online at http://www.FRTCEIS.com and available for review at the following libraries:

Austin Branch Library, 88 Main St., Austin, NV 89310

Carson City Library, 900 N. Roop St., Carson City, NV 89701

Churchill County Library Annex, 507 S. Maine St., Fallon, NV 89406

Crescent Valley Branch Library, 5045 Tenabo Ave., Crescent Valley, NV 89821

Eureka Branch Library, 80 S. Monroe St., Eureka, NV 89316

Gabbs Community Library, 602 Third St., Gabbs, NV 89409

The Navy is accepting comments throughout the 46-day public comment period, from Jan. 23 to March 9. All comments must be postmarked or received online by March 9 for consideration in the Final EIS.

Written comments may be submitted via the project website at http://www.FRTCEIS.com, in person at the public meeting, or by mail to the following:

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest

Attention: Ms. Amy Kelley, Code EV21.AK

1220 Pacific Highway

Building 1, 5th Floor

San Diego, CA 92132

To inform the public about the Navy’s Proposed Action and alternatives under consideration, and to obtain comments on the accuracy and adequacy of the environmental analysis presented in the Draft EIS, the Navy is holding a meeting on Feb. 19 from 5-7 p.m. at the Churchill County Commission Chambers on 155 N. Taylor St.

The public meeting will be an open house session with informational poster stations staffed by Navy representatives. A brief Navy presentation will be given at 5:30 p.m.

The Fallon Range Training Complex, located in the high desert of northern Nevada approximately 65 miles east of Reno, is a set of well-defined geographic areas encompassing land area and associated airspace. It is used primarily for training operations, with some capability to support research and development, and test and evaluation of military hardware, personnel, tactics, munitions, explosives and electronic combat.

Throughout its 75-year history, the Fallon Range Training Complex has served as a vital and irreplaceable asset for training naval forces.