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Navy Announces Release of Draft Environmental Assessment for Pinecastle Range Complex

Release No: 20-002 July 24, 2020 PRINT | E-MAIL
NORFOLK, Va. —

The Department of the Navy is announcing the release of a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for Training Operations at the Pinecastle Range Complex (PRC), Florida.

The EA addresses the potential environmental effects of continuing existing military readiness activities and conducting anticipated future military readiness activities, which include both increases and decreases in aircraft use, at PRC. Existing military readiness activities include aviation and ground activities at Pinecastle Range, Rodman Range, and aviation activities at Lake George Range.

Collectively, these three ranges form the PRC and support rotary, fixed-wing, and tilt-rotor aircraft traveling from land-based military installations and sea-based military platforms. The continuation of military readiness activities also includes periodic gate closures when certain activities are conducted.

Anticipated future range mission requirements at the PRC include the incorporation of mobile electronic warfare equipment, and mission support for the A-29, F/A-18, F-35, T-45 and other aircraft as identified in the 2017 Range Air Installations Compatible Use Zones Study.

The purpose of the Proposed Action is to achieve, sustain, and maintain fleet training and aviation readiness using the PRC to support and conduct current, emerging, and future military readiness activities. The Proposed Action is needed to maintain and expand fleet operational readiness to support national defense requirements under Title 10 United States Code (U.S.C.) section 5062. 

Interested parties may view a copy of the Draft EA for this action and submit comments on the PRC EA project website, which can be found at: https://www.nepa.navy.mil/pinecastle

To ensure consideration in the Final EA, all comments must be postmarked or received online no later than Sept. 4, 2020. Written comments may be submitted via the project website or mailed to:

NAVFAC Southeast
Attn:  PRC EA Project Manager, EV 21
PO Box 30, Bldg. 135N
Jacksonville, FL  32212-0030

U.S. Fleet Forces Command
Mr. Ted Brown, Environmental Public Affairs Officer
1562 Mitscher Ave., Norfolk VA 23551-2487

Phone: 757-836-4427
theodore.brown@navy.mil