Coast Guard files draft environmental assessment for planned 2012 Arctic operations

JUNEAU, Alaska — As part of the proposed Arctic Shield 2012 operation, the U.S. Coast Guard plans to conduct air, water and shore-side operations to meet mission requirements throughout the Arctic region from July through October 2012.

The Coast Guard has prepared a draft environmental assessment, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, to evaluate a preferred alternative and a no-action alternative, and provide information and analyses of proposed Coast Guard activities in the Arctic.

The draft environmental assessment is available for review online at http://www.uscg.mil/D17, or copies may be requested from Mike Dombkowski, U.S. Coast Guard, Civil Engineering Unit Juneau, P.O. Box 21747, Juneau, Alaska, 99802-1747, by email to michael.g.dombkowski@uscg.mil or by phone at 907-463-2421. Comments on the draft environmental assessment should be submitted to Mike Dombkowski in writing or via email by June 11, 2012.

The Coast Guard is holding two public open-house meetings to discuss the draft environmental assessment concerning planned Arctic Operations.

The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 30 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Dillingham Room at the Hilton Hotel Anchorage, 500 W. 3rd Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska, 99501.

A second meeting will be held on Thursday, May 31 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Inupiat Heritage Center, 5421 North Star Street, Barrow, Alaska, 99723.

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