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Missile Defense Agency Invites Public Comment on Clear Radar System Testing

Missile Defense Agency

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency is inviting public feedback on two documents related to a testing program the agency plans to conduct this fall on a new radar facility at Clear Air Force Station.

Missile Defense Agency officials announced Monday that they’re accepting public comments through June 2 on the proposed final Environmental Assessment and a proposed Finding of No Significant Impact.

The two documents were prepared by MDA and the Air Force and Federal Aviation Administration. And they outline how the testing of the Long Range Discrimination Radar at Clear will be conducted, and possible impacts of the tests.

The testing must be successfully completed before the radar facility can be integrated into the U.S. missile-defense system. Among other things, the tests would include imposing a temporary flight restriction around Clear that would ban any private or commercial aircraft from entering the airspace while tests were under way.

Copies of the documents are available at city offices in Anderson and Nenana and the Denali Borough office in Healy. They’ve also been sent to Civil Air Patrol officials and aviation-advocacy organizations like the Alaska Aircraft Operators Association. 

Comments on the proposals must be submitted by either email or regular mail, and received or postmarked by June 2.

Editor's note: Comments may be emailed to

Comments sent in regular mail should be addressed to:
Missile Defense Agency
Attention: Mr. Chris Smith
MDA/MSR Environmental
Building 5222 Martin Road
Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898

More information is available through the Missile Defense Agency's public affairs office, at (256) 450-1599.

Tim has worked in the news business for over three decades, mainly as a newspaper reporter and editor in southern Arizona. Tim first came to Alaska with his family in 1967, and grew up in Delta Junction before emigrating to the Lower 48 in 1977 to get a college education and see the world.