(County Supervisors and Coalition file their responses)….Both contend the EIS released by the Navy was not fair.
The Environmental Impact Statement is on the Home-Basing of the Joint Strike Fighter F-35C Squadron. Naval Air Station Lemoore and the Naval Air Facility El Centro were under consideration. The EIS recommends NAS Lemoore. The Supervisors and The Imperial Valley United for Joint Strike Force Coalition say the Navy never addresses the county concerns in the EIS. They contend that is a violation of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. In addition, they contend the Navy never seriously considered Home-basing the squadron at NAF. The letters detailing the local concerns were sent in response to the final Environmental Impact Statement, just days ahead of the comment period deadline.. After the comments are reviewed a Record of Decision will be signed.