Alternatives Evaluated

Posted on Aug 10 2020

The National Environmental Policy Act requires federal agencies to evaluate a range of reasonable alternatives to achieve the purpose of and need for the Proposed Action. The Navy evaluated the potential environmental impacts of three alternatives, including a No Action Alternative. 

Alternative 1

• Adjusts the types and levels of training and testing activities to meet current and future military readiness requirements.
• Consists of activities and requirements associated with development, testing, and introduction of new vessels, aircraft, and weapons systems.
• Reduces the amount of active sonar estimated to be necessary to meet training requirements.

Alternative 2 (Preferred Alternative)

• Includes all activities under Alternative 1. 
• Includes additional events should unanticipated emergent world events require increased readiness levels.

No Action Alternative

• No authorizations or permits would be issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
• Proposed at-sea and FDM training and testing activities would not be conducted.
• Strike warfare (dropping of ordnance) on FDM would not be conducted.
• Other military activities not associated with Proposed Action would continue.
• Purpose and need would not be met.


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