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Fort Wainwright Gives Public Two More Months to Comment on Power Plant Project

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Fort Wainwright officials have given members of the public another 60 days to offer comments on proposals to replace or upgrade the post’s old coal-fired heat and power plant.

Public comments may now be submitted up until Feb. 22 on the draft Environmental Impact Statement that describes ongoing problems with the 20-megawatt plant that’s been operating for 65 years. The 462-page document also outlines four proposed solutions to the problem, which range in cost from $117 million to $687 million.

Fort Wainwright spokesperson Eve Baker says post officials extended the comment period in response to requests from people who want more time to weigh-in on the draft EIS.

“They had been looking for additional information so they could better inform their comments to us, and asked if we could reopen the comment period so they could do that,” she said.

Baker says post officials won’t schedule another online and telephonic meeting on the draft EIS, like the one held on Nov. 9, during the original comment period that ended Dec. 8. But she says the public has several options to weigh-in the issue.

“Comments may be submitted in the same manner they were during the first comment period,” she said, “via email, written letter, through the form on the website or phone call.”

Editor's note: To submit comments on the draft EIS with an online form, click here, then scroll to the Submit a Comment tab near the bottom of the page, fill out the form and click on the submit button.

Written comments may be sent by U.S. Postal Service mail at:

Ms. Laura Sample
NEPA Program Manager
Directorate of Public Works
Attn: IMFW-PWE (L. Sample)
1046 Marks Road #4500
Fort Wainwright, AK 99703-4500

Comments also may be submitted by telephone at (907) 361-6323 or by email at:

More information is available by contacting Grant Sattler with the post Public Affairs Office at (907) 353-6701, or by email at

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.