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Each station below is organized around one main theme of the project and allows for individuals to access information at their own pace. By moving around from station to station, participants can become familiar with the overall project and be provided with consistent information across the country. As this public information project is being conducted remotely, you can also return at any time and jump to any section where you may have left off. Although the formal comment period ended November 13, 2020, comments will be accepted at any time during the Environmental Impact Statement process to ensure their consideration during the preparation of the Draft EIS.

Although the formal comment period ended November 13, 2020, comments will be accepted at any time during the Environmental Impact Statement process to ensure their consideration during the preparation of the Draft EIS.

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Although the formal comment period ended November 13, 2020, comments will be accepted at any time during the Environmental Impact Statement process to ensure their consideration during the preparation of the Draft EIS.

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What is the National Environmental Policy Act?

Signed into law by President Nixon in 1970, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. § 4321 et seq.) was the first major environmental law in the United States. It requires federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of proposed major federal actions prior to decisions being made on whether and how to proceed. NEPA also established the Council on E...

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What is Ground Based Strategic Deterrent?

The U.S. Air Force has proposed to replace the aging Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with its Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD). The GBSD represents the modernization of the land-based leg of the U.S. nuclear triad. The Air Force’s Proposed Action at a Glance. ■ GBSD ICBMs would replace the 400 Minuteman III ICBMs in service for more than ...

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Scope of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent Environmental Impact Statement

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) project will evaluate the potential environmental consequences of deploying the GBSD weapon system and decommissioning and disposing of the Minuteman III weapon system. It will analyze facility construction and renovations and operations, which would occur at and around F.E. ...

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Ground Based Strategic Deterrent Environmental Impact Statement Schedule

The planned timeline for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) deployment and Minuteman III decommissioning and disposal project extends from 2020 to 2023. GBSD EIS Major Milestone Schedule: Notice of Intent published - September 2020. Public scoping period - September–November 2020. Draft EIS publis...

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Description of the Proposed Action and No Action Alternative

Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) system deployment would begin in the late 2020s, be completed by the mid-2030s, and remain viable until at least 2075. Deployment activities would include the following: ■ Replacement of all Minuteman III intercontinental ballisticmissiles (ICBMs) deployed at F.E. Warren Air Force Base(AFB), WY; Malmstrom AFB, MT; and Minot AF...

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National Security Considerations

Congress and the President make decisions on whether the United States should possess nuclear weapons and the type and number of those weapons. To aid in public understanding, the Air Force notes that several principal national security policies and treaties contribute to the framework for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) Proposed Action.

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Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act

The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) is intended to protect and preserve important historical and cultural sites within the United States. Under the Act, federal agencies act as stewards of historic properties owned by the federal government or affected by its actions. What is Section 106 of the NHPA? Section 106 of the NHPA requires federal agencies to consider the e...

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Commenting and Participating in the National Environmental Policy Act Process

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to provide meaningful opportunities for public participation in the decision-making process for a proposed project. Opportunities for citizens to get involved in the NEPA process include: ■ During the scoping period, which begins when an agency publishes a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an ...

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