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, 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 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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