Navy completes draft of Nevada bombing range expansion
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Navy has completed a draft plan to expand the size of its Nevada bombing range.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Navy officials want to add as much as 967 square miles (2,505 square kilometers) of federal land and more than 100 square miles (about 260 square kilometers) of private land to the Fallon Range Training Complex about 350 miles (560 kilometers) northwest of Las Vegas.
The proposed expansion includes parts of Churchill, Lyon, Mineral, Nye and Pershing counties.
Starting Friday, the public will have 60 days to submit input on the draft as part of a comment period, which will last through Jan. 15 and include seven public meetings in northern and central Nevada next month.
At least one environmental group is already pushing back against the expansion.
All naval strike aviation units train at Fallon before deployment.
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com