Scope of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent Environmental Impact Statement

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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. Warren Air Force Base (AFB), WY; Camp Guernsey, WY; Malmstrom AFB, MT; Minot AFB, ND; Hill AFB, UT; Utah Test and Training Range, UT; and Camp Navajo, AZ. The EIS also will evaluate the potential environmental consequences from conducting parts of both the Minuteman III and GBSD programs in parallel. To provide decision makers with enough information to plan and make informed decisions, the EIS will evaluate the following environmental resource categories.

Air Quality

  • National Ambient Air Quality Standards

  • General Conformity

  • Emissions and Permitting

  • Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases

Biological Resources

  • Vegetation

  • Wildlife

  • Threatened and Endangered Species

  • Sensitive Species and Habitat

  • Wetlands

Cultural Resources

  • Cultural Resource Management

  • Prehistoric and Historic Resources

  • Tribal Government-to-Government Consultation

  • National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Consultations

  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Consultations

Geology and Soils

  • Physiography and Topography

  • Geology

  • Soils

  • Geologic Hazards

Health and Safety

  • Occupational Health

  • Radiological Health

  • Protection of Children

  • Emergency Response

Hazardous Materials and Waste Management

  • General Hazardous Materials and Waste Management

  • Contaminated Sites

  • Petroleum, Oils, and Lubricants

  • Lead, Asbestos, and Pesticides

Land Use

  • Land-Use Compatibility

  • Land-Use Controls


  • Ambient Noise

  • Construction Noise

  • Operational and Maintenance Noise


  • Population and Housing

  • Employment

  • Schools

  • Environmental Justice


  • Roadway Networks and Traffic

  • Access Control Points

  • Rail, Air, and Public Transportation

Utilities and Infrastructure

  • Water Supply

  • Stormwater Management

  • Wastewater

  • Natural Gas

  • Electricity

  • Solid Waste Management

Visual Resources and Aesthetics

  • Landscape Character

  • Sensitive Views

  • Historic Viewsheds

Water Resources

  • Surface Water

  • Groundwater

  • Hydrology

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