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
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.
The Final EIS is currently available on the Documentation page; the Final EIS incorporates changes/updates associated with the public and agency review of the
Draft EIS held in Summer, 2014; substantive comments have been responded to in Appendix B of the Final EIS.
The public can download the document from this website. The waiting period for the Final EIS lasts from June
5th to July 6th, 2015, during which time the public will have an opportunity to review and provide comments on
the Final EIS. 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.
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. While the Air Force is not required by NEPA to respond to comments
on the Final EIS, all comments must be considered by the decision maker. In order for comments on the Final EIS to be
considered all comments must be received by July 6th, 2015.
Public participation is an integral part of the NEPA process and we appreciate your involvement.