ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. — The Air Force is publishing a Notice of Availability, or NOA, in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the B-21 MOB 1 Beddown at Dyess AFB, Texas or Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota.
The publication of the NOA on September 25, 2020, begins a 46-day public comment period. This will end on November 9, 2020.
To submit your public comments, the Draft EIS is available at the following repositories:
- Rapid City Public Library
610 Quincy Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
- Devereaux Library
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
501 East Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
- Sturgis Public Library
1040 Harley-Davidson Way, Suite 101
Sturgis, SD 57785
- Big Horn County Library
419 North Custer Avenue
Hardin, MT 59034
- Miles City Public Library
1 South 10th Street
Miles City, MT 59301
- Dickinson Area Public Library
139 3rd Street West
Dickinson, ND 58601
- Abilene Public Library – Main Library
202 Cedar Street
Abilene, TX 79601
- Howard County Library
500 Main Street
Big Spring, TX 79720
- Brownwood Public Library
600 Carnegie Street
Brownwood, TX 76801
- Fort Sumner Public Library
235 W. Sumner Avenue
Fort Sumner, NM 88119
The Draft EIS and supporting documents are also available on the project website.
The Air Force plans to hold virtual public hearings as well. the dates and times are:
- Tuesday, October 13, 2020 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CST
- Thursday, October 13, 2020 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CST
- Tuesday, October 20, 2020 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. MST
- Thursday, October 22, 2020 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. MST
The website has details on how to register to participate in the virtual public hearings, and to make verbal comments during the hearings.
Comments may also be mailed to Leidos, ATTN: B-21 EIS, 1456 Woodlawn Way, Gulf Breeze, Florida, 32563.
Comments will be accepted at any time during the environmental impact analysis process. However, to ensure that the Air Force has sufficient time to consider public input in the preparation of the Final EIS, comments must be submitted to the website or mailed to the address listed above by November 9, 2020.
Please direct any requests for information or other inquiries to the Dyess AFB Public Affairs, (325) 696-4820, or after hours (325) 268-6554, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Ellsworth AFB Public Affairs, (605) 385-5056, or after hours (605) 391-7436, email@example.com.