WASHINGTON, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young released the following statement after the U.S. Air Force agreed to move the dates of the 18th Aggressor Squadron Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) public hearings from later this month to July 15 – 18, 2013. Late last month, in response to concerns from local leaders, Congressman Don Young and Senator Lisa Murkowski wrote Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, and Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh asking for more time for Alaskans to formulate comments.
“Giving Alaskans enough time to draft and formulate their comments for the next round of the EIS proposal was the right move, and I am glad the Air Force listened to request of Senator Murkowski and myself. Moving forward, I still believe this first Draft EIS does not address any of our concerns with the move, including sparse housing options, limited school availability and outrageous and costly commutes,” Rep. Young said. “With these additional few weeks, I call on all Alaskans to weigh in on this ill-conceived move. I hope that every Alaska who is affected by this move will take the time to tell the Air Force that this course of action is not in the best interest of their community, the state of Alaska, or this great nation.