The National Guard Bureau is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate the potential environmental consequences of the proposed assignment of KC-46A aircraft at candidate Air National Guard installations. The NGB proposes to place 12 KC-46A aircraft at one of five candidate locations: Forbes Air Guard Station, Kansas; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.; Pease Air Guard Station, N.H.; Pittsburgh Air Guards Station, Penn.; and Rickenbacker Air Guard Station, Ohio. Although Pease Air Base was recently chosen as the Guard location to receive the new KC-46A, environmental impact studies take several years and therefore, will be conducted at all of the potential sites in case an alternate location must be chosen.
A public meeting will be held at each candidate location. These meetings are a forum for the NGB to identify and collect public comments and concerns regarding the potential environmental impact of the proposal. The process will help identify issues to be addressed in the upcoming environmental analysis. The potentially-affected environmental resources have yet to be fully analyzed; consequences, either beneficial or adverse, will not be known until the analysis is complete. The complete analysis will be provided in the Draft EIS, which will be provided for public review and comment.
All members of the public and press are invited to attend. The meeting regarding Forbes Field will Thursday, June 20, 2013, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Museum of the Kansas National Guard, 6700 S.W. Topeka Blvd., Topeka, Kan.
Public comments made during the meeting and received by July 5, 2013, will be considered in the preparation of the draft EIS due to be released in early 2014. Comments received after the deadline will be reviewed, but may not be addressed in the Draft EIS. Please forward your comments to Robert Dogan, NGB/A7AM, Shepperd Hall, 3501 Fetchet Avenue, Joint Base Andrews, Md. 20762-5157 or submit via email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put "KC-46A Beddown EIS" in the subject line. You may also submit comments via the project website at www.angkc46aeis.com.