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 up to 13 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 training activities.
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.
On November 18, 2015 the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force signed the ROD, selecting the Preferred
Alternative (Subalternative 1) and associated mitigation measures as identified in the ROD. The ROD details the project
decision based on information contained in the Final EIS, including the specific mitigations required for implementation
of the Preferred Alternative. The Air Force announced the ROD signature in the Federal Register (Volume 80, No. 234 – Page 7600)
on December 7, 2015 and a copy of the Federal Register Notice and signed ROD is provided on this website (currently available
on the Documentation page).