Navy invites comment on draft EA

The Department of the Navy has prepared a draft environmental assessment to analyze the potential environmental impacts associated with expanding operations into the former Air Force Cuddeback Air-Ground Gunnery Range, now part of the China Lake ranges at Naval Air Weapons Station.

According to a letter from NAWS Commanding Officer Capt. Paul Dale, expanding activities within the enlarged footprint will help ensure military readiness without creating any additional ground disturbances.

Any action outside that scope of action would require additional analysis and review.

“The Navy analyzed the potential environmental impacts from the implementation of the proposed action and alternatives on the following resource areas,” said the letter. “The analysis indicates that no significant environmental impacts would occur with the implementation of appropriate avoidance and mitigation measures and management practices.”

The draft EA is available for review and comment at www.cnic. navy.mil/CuddebackEA.

A printed copy is also available for review at the Ridgecrest Branch Library.

Comments will be accepted through Dec. 10 and may be emailed to margo.allen@navy.mil or mailed to Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest, Attn: Code EV25.TB, 937 N. Harbor Dr., Building 1, 3rd Floor (Environmental), San Diego, CA 92132.

Story First Published: 2018-11-30