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From: [email protected]
Date: 10 May 1997

Subject: theater missile defense tests near Hawaii and elsewhere

People interested in Theater Missile Defense tests:  I've just had a quick
look at the Theater Missile Defense Extended Test Range EIS documents, which
are in the Reference Section of the Manoa Public Library, 2716 Woodlawn Drive
in Honolulu (adjacent to the UH Inst. for Astronomy).  There are 5 documents.

 Vol. I & II of the draft EIS dated Jan. 1994

 Supplement to the draft EIS dated July 1994

 Vol. I & II of the final EIS dated Nov. 1994 - contains only Exec. Summary,
  changes to the draft, comments on the draft and responses to these comments

 The draft EIS has lots of details about missiles to be used and launch sites
in or near the four areas evaluated -- White Sands Missile Range in New
Mexico,
Eglin AFB in Florida, Western Range (Vandenberg AFB and vicinity) in
California, and Kwajalein Missile Range in the Republic of the Marshall
Islands.

 People in Hawaii might be especially interested in the following statement
from section 2.5, titled Alternatives Eliminated from Further Consideration,
of the draft EIS:

 "The Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii, and Wallops Flight
  Facility, Virginia, were eliminated because of the lack of the full range
  of land-based instrumentation sites to observe intercepts and inadequate
  land area for interceptor deployment or for placement of instrumentation
  that would have to be brought in from another range."

So far, I have not received any notices about the EIS that the Navy intends
to prepare for theater missile defense tests near Kauai and/or other areas
in the Hawaiian island chain.

 Michael Jones          | phone  808 956 2932
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