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U.S. Navy Plans Environmental Impact Study for Hawaii-California Training and Testing Area, Seeks Public Input

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In the Hawaii-California Training and Testing (HCTT) Study Area, the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Army, and Air Force are planning an EIS/OEIS for military readiness.

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Navy’s Plans for Underwater Training Range and Airspace Expansion

We train and test sonar, explosives, and underwater sound sources at sea. The Navy wants to build an underwater training range near San Clemente Island and add special-use airspace in Southern California to sustain its ranges.

The Hawaii Operating Area, Temporary OPAREA, California OPAREA, and transit corridor make up the HCTT Study Area, which has more Southern California Range Complex, special-use airspace extensions, at-sea ranges, and coastal areas than the 2018 model.

The Navy invites public comments on EIS/OEIS alternatives, environmental issues, and historic property. Environmental impacts on marine life, sediments, water, air, cultural, economic, and public health and safety will be studied.

READ ALSO: U.S. Fleet Forces Command Receives 2019 SECNAV Environmental Planning Award

Navy Extends Invitation for Public Engagement in Virtual Open House

The Navy is hosting a virtual open house from Dec. 15, 2023, to Jan. 29, 2024, to address the Proposed Action, environmental studies, NEPA and NHPA processes, and public participation. Until Jan. 29, 2024, the Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Pacific seeks online or mail comments. Scoping supports Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, allowing public input.

EIS/OEIS development aids Navy readiness by facilitating training and testing, increasing flexibility, and updating environmental impact assessments. With current science, the Navy supports Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act consultations. We encourage public participation in scoping to enable diverse decision-making.

READ ALSO: U.S. NAVY ANNOUNCES INTENT TO PREPARE AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT/OVERSEAS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT FOR HAWAII-CALIFORNIA TRAINING AND TESTING; INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT ON UPCOMING ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS

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