VIRGINIA – The U.S. Navy has extended the public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the potential environmental effects that may result from home basing the Navy F-35C (Joint Strike Fighter) at either Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro, Calif., or Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, Calif.
In response to public and elected official requests, and in order to ensure everyone in the community has ample opportunity to provide input into this document, the Navy has extended the public comment period until Tuesday, May 7. The original deadline for public comment was April 22.
Public input is very important in order for the Navy to fully understand community concerns and relevant issues. Individuals interested in the project are encouraged to provide their comments on the document. Following public comment on the Draft EIS and the publication of the Final EIS, the Secretary of the Navy or his designee will publish a Record of Decision outlining the basing decision.
The Draft EIS and Draft General Air Conformity Determination have been made available for review and comment. Electronic copies of these documents can be accessed on the project website (www.navyf35cwestcoasteis.com). In addition, paper copies have been distributed to the following libraries:
|City of El Centro Public Library 1140 North Imperial Avenue El Centro, Calif.||Imperial County Free Library, Heber Branch 1078 Dogwood Road Heber, Calif.|
|Kings County Library, Lemoore Branch 457 “C” Street Lemoore, Calif.||West Hills College Lemoore Library 555 College Avenue Lemoore, Calif.|
|Kings County Library, Hanford Branch (Main) 401 N. Douty Street Hanford, Calif.||Imperial County Free Library, Holtville Branch 101 East 6th Street Holtville, CA 92250-0755|
|Fresno County Public Library, Riverdale Branch Library 20975 Malsbary Avenue Riverdale, Calif.||City of Imperial Public Library 200Â West 9th Street Imperial, Calif.|
|Imperial County Free Library, Seeley Library Services provided at Community Church 1774 West Rio Vista Street Seeley, Calif.||Fresno County Public Library, Central Library 2420 Mariposa Avenue Fresno, Calif.|
Written comments may be submitted online at the project website (www.navyf35cwestcoasteis.com)Â or mailed to:
U.S. Navy F-35C EIS Project Manager Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest, Attn: Code EV21.AK 1220 Pacific Highway, Bldg. 1, 5th Floor, San Diego, CA 92132
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Public Affairs Office Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command 1562 Mitscher Avenue, Suite 250 Norfolk, Va. 23551-2487 (757) 836-3600 Fax: (757) 836-3601