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NEPA Actions at Fort Irwin

Last Updated: 15 January 2014

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to integrate environmental values into their decision making processes by considering the environmental impacts of their proposed actions and reasonable alternatives to those actions. For more information contact the Fort Irwin NEPA Program Manager @ 760-380-8929 or

Fort Irwin's Active NEPA Actions

Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Construction, Operation, and Maintenance of a Combat Training Center-Instrumentation Systems Range Communication System, Fort Irwin, California: (Posted January 15 2014, Comment open until: January 29, 2014)

Fort Irwin has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the construction, operation, and maintenance of a commercial network solution that will not interfere with Rotational units during installation and provide the Government the same benefits as the commercial arena in cellular phone technologies.  The project includes the reuse, construction and/or modification, operation, and maintenance of 21 communication tower sites and the construction of access/maintenance roads to 12 of the 21 sites associated with the CTC-IS RCS at various locations within the Fort Irwin boundaries. The Environmental Assessment will be available for public review and comment beginning January 15, 2014. Written comments must be received no later than January 29, 2014. Copies of the EA are available at;

·         The Barstow Public Library, 304 E. Buena Vista, Barstow, CA 92311

·         The Fort Irwin Library, Building 331, Fort Irwin, CA 92310

·         The Fort Irwin, Directorate of Public Works, Environmental Division, Building 602, P.O. Box 105085, Bldg 602, Fifth Street, Fort Irwin CA 92310-5085, between 8:00 AM -4:00 PM Monday - Friday,  or

·         Online here   20583_Ft Irwin Cell Towers_Draft_EA_01102014.pdf.

                         20583_Ft Irwin Cell Towers_Draft_EA_Appendix A.pdf

                         20583_Ft Irwin Cell Towers_Draft_EA_Appendix B.pdf

                         20583_Ft Irwin Cell Towers_Draft_EA_Appendix C.pdf

                         20583_Ft Irwin Cell Towers_Draft_EA_Appendix D.pdf

                         20583_Ft Irwin Cell Towers_Draft_EA_Appendix E.pdf

                         20583_Ft Irwin Cell Towers_FONSI_01102014.pdf

The following actions are under review and the associated NEPA documents will be posted for review and comment when completed.  For more information contact the Fort Irwin NEPA Program Manager @ 760-380-8929 or

Construction, Operation, and Maintenance of a Photo-Voltaic Array Facility

A review of the potential environmental consequences of the proposed construction, operation, and maintenance of a new photo-voltaic (PV) facility to generate reliable back-up power, reduce consumption of non-renewable energy, and reduce combustion emissions.  The PV facility would be constructed and operated by a third party contractor.

Stationing of B Company, 229th Aviation Regiment (Extended Range/Multi Purpose) at Fort Irwin

A review of the potential environmental consequences of stationing Co. B, 229th AVN RGN, ERMP at Fort Irwin.  The action would include the transfer of approximately 1000 acres of leased property from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) back to Fort Irwin and the construction, operation, and maintenance of standard facilities to support the operation of a new Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) unit at Fort Irwin.

Siemens Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC)

A review of the potential environmental consequences of the proposed Siemens ESPC project which support the intent of ESPC; leveraging moneys currently spent in a wiser manner. The Waste-to-Energy project utilizes monies saved from landfill operations, waste handling operations, utility electricity purchasing to facilitate transforming the NTC’s waste into renewable electricity, diverting it from landfill. The Solar Carport PV provides enhanced parking facilities, multiple electric vehicle charging stations, renewable power and the associated RECS for Army use for the same dollars spent purchasing equivalent brown power from the utility. Multiple other energy measures contained in this project follow this repurposing of dollars to achieve new efficient systems

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