Air Force holding public review of the Draft EIS for B-21 MOB 1 Beddown at Dyess AFB or Ellsworth AFB

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, 7bwpa@us.af.mil; or Ellsworth AFB Public Affairs, (605) 385-5056, or after hours (605) 391-7436, 28bw.public.affairs@us.af.mil.

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