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 Notice of Availability for the Final EIS appeared in the Federal Register on June 5, 2015 (Vol. 80, No. 108, page 32114).
The 30-day waiting period for the Final EIS, as required by 32 CFR 989.21(2), concluded on July 6, 2015. The Air Force will
consider all comments received as part of the decision making process, and will sign a Record of Decision. The Record of
Decision will explain the project decision as completely as possible, based on information contained in the Final EIS,
including the specific mitigations for the proposed action. The Air Force will announce the Record of Decision once complete,
and will provide a copy on this website. Final EIS is currently available on the Documentation page.