(County response to EIS)…The draft response has been drawn up.
The final response will probably be finalized this week. The response is to the US Navy’s Environmental Impact Statement to Home Base the F-35C Jet Fighter Squadron. The EIS was released last month. It recommended the Squadron be Home Based at Lemoore Naval Air Station, instead of the Naval Air Facility El Centro. The local pushing for a Home Basing at NAF say the Final EIS did not include the economic data submitted by the Imperial County Group. They say basing the Squadron at NAF makes more economic sense to the Navy. They have until later this month to respond to the EIS before it gets final approval.