Public comment period extended for airspace optimization EIS

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  • By MSgt Eric Harris
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MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho – On July 9, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) announced the availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Airspace Optimization for Readiness at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Now, the USAF is also announcing the extension of the 45-day public comment period for an additional 30 days to allow the public and stakeholders more time to evaluate and comment on the potential environmental impacts associated with the Proposed Action.

The USAF invites Federal and state agencies, state and local governments, Native American tribes, industry, other organizations, and members of the public to review and submit comments on the Draft EIS through September 22, 2021.

All substantive comments received or postmarked by September 22, 2021 will be addressed in the Final EIS. Comments received or postmarked after the comment period will be considered to the extent practicable. Written comments should be sent via U.S. Postal Service, UPS, or FedEx to:

Mountain Home AFB Airspace Optimization EIS c/o Leidos 2109 Air Park Road SE, Suite 200 Albuquerque, NM 87106.

Please note that personal information, such as your email or street address will not be included in the Final EIS.

Electronic copies of the Draft EIS can be obtained through the project website: Hard copies of the Draft EIS are also available for review at 51 public libraries across the airspace. A full list of these libraries can be accessed 2 from the project website. Libraries near Mountain Home AFB with hard copies of the Draft EIS include the following:

Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation Tribal Headquarters 1036 Idaho State Highway 51 Owyhee, Nevada 89832

Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribes Tribal Headquarters P.O. Box 457 McDermitt, Nevada 89421

Boise Main Library 715 South Capital Boise, Idaho 83702

Mountain Home Public Library 790 North 10th East Street Mountain Home, Idaho 83647

Eastern Owyhee County Library 520 Boise Avenue Grandview, Idaho 83624

McDermitt Branch Library 175 South U.S. Highway 95 McDermitt, Nevada 89421

Inquiries or requests for additional information about the Draft EIS should be directed to Ms. Robin Divine, Mountain Home Airspace Optimization EIS Project Manager, Air Force NEPA Division (AFCEC/CZN), (210) 925-2730.