This website is provided by the Air Force for the purposes of providing information and assisting in the evaluation of
potential environmental and human consequences resulting from a proposal to establish 12 radar emitter sites in northwest
Florida, as well as to obtain permits to utilize Blackwater River State Forest (BRSF) and Tate’s Hell State Forest (THSF) for nonhazardous
The purpose of the Proposed Action is to build additional regional capacity for the type of operations that can
be conducted outside restricted airspace: nonhazardous operations.
The 96 Test Wing (96 TW) at Eglin Air Force Base (AFB), Florida is the proponent of this proposal. The Headquarters
Air Force, Operations, Plans and Requirements (HAF/A3O) is managing the EIS process with Leidos as the contractor
performing the work. The EIS has been prepared pursuant to the
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969
and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations at 40 CFR Parts 1500-1508. Pursuant to the CEQ regulations
the Air Force is inviting public participation in the NEPA process. Throughout this Draft and Final EIS process,
this website will provide information on the EIS process. The Draft EIS is currently available for review and
comment on the Documentation page;
the public can download the document from this website. The Draft EIS review
period lasts from May 2nd to June 23rd, 2014, during which time the public will have an opportunity to comment on the findings
in the Draft EIS. This website is available to accept comments on the
Submit Comments page. As a convenience
for those sending comments by mail, a
comment form is available for download.
The Air Force will then review and consider all comments on the Draft EIS. Written comments and verbal testimony
from the public hearings becomes part of the public record for decision makers to consider, along with other factors,
prior to making any decision regarding the proposed action. Substantive comments will be responded to in appendices to
the Final EIS.
The public is given an opportunity to review the Final EIS. A Notice of Final EIS Availability will be
published in the Federal Register marking the beginning of a 30-day wait period. During that time, the public
may review and submit additional comments for the Air Force's consideration.
When complete, the Air Force will distribute the Final EIS to interested parties. The Final EIS then undergoes
a 30-day waiting/review period before the proposed action or alternatives can proceed. After the 30-day wait period,
the Air Force will make a decision either to re-address aspects of the EIS or to sign the Record of Decision. The
Record of Decision explains the project decision as completely as possible, based on information contained in the
Final EIS, including the specific mitigations for the proposed action.
Public participation is an integral part of the NEPA process and we appreciate your involvement.