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EA-1280: Finding of No Significant Impact

Nome Alaska Wind Turbine Demonstration Project

The U.S. Department of Energy and the State of Alaska are proposing to jointly fund a project that is intended to demonstrate and evaluate the feasibility of wind turbinegenerated power in the challenging Alaskan environment. Several sites in Naknek, Unalaska, and Nome, Alaska, underwent an initial evaluation to determine their potential suitability for the proposed wind turbine project. Through an iterative screening process involving Federal, State, and local agency input, one potentially acceptable site in the Nome area was selected for more detailed evaluation in this final environmental assessment (EA). The site being considered is located atop Anvil Mountain (Figure 1). The proposed site is approximately 6 to 8 kilometers (4 to 5 miles) north of the town of Nome, adjacent to a decommissioned U.S. Air Force radar station that was an element of the Alaska Communications System ("White Alice Communication System" [WACS]) and the Distant Early Warning (DEW) line.