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Thune, Johnson Meet with Air Force Secretary James to Discuss Powder River Expansion


Washington D.C. (KELO AM) - U.S. Senators John Thune and Tim Johnson met with U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James to discuss the expansion of the Powder River Training Complex.

In their meeting, the senators reiterated the importance of expanding the airspace to provide pilots and personnel with adequate airspace to conduct the needed training in conditions that more closely resemble combat missions.

The U.S. Air Force, in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration, is in the process of analyzing the potential environmental consequences of a proposal to expand the Powder River Complex to meet the airspace training needs of today's Air Force. Results of the analysis were released to the public as a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on Aug. 20, 2010 and formal public hearings took place from Sept. 14, 2010 through Oct. 26, 2010. The public comment period closed Jan. 20, 2011. We will continue to use this site to provide information to the public, and will update it as additional information becomes available.

This section includes items that describe the undertaking, the area of potential effects, stakeholders and interested parties, potential effects, and results of consultations. Also in this section are items that describe Air Force efforts to identify and consult with affiliated federally recognized tribes concerning historic, traditional, cultural, and religious places and resources in the PRTC region of influence.