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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 543-99
November 22, 1999

WARMINSTER NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER REUSE RECORD OF DECISION ISSUED

The Department of the Navy has issued the Record of Decision (ROD) concerning the disposal and reuse of Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC), Aircraft Division, Warminster, located in Bucks County, Pa. The base was designated for closure in the 1995 round of defense base closures and realignments and closed Sept. 30, 1996.

On behalf of Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installation and Environment) William J. Cassidy Jr. presented the environmental document to Kathleen M. Dominick, chairperson of the Federal Lands Reuse Authority of Bucks County, during a ceremony at the base on Nov. 22, 1999.

The ROD is the final step in the environmental evaluation process mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969. NEPA requires federal agencies such as the Department of the Navy to consider the impact that major federal actions, such as disposal and reuse of the NAWC, may have on the environment.

The ROD announces the Navy's decision to dispose of the NAWC property in a manner that is consistent with the reuse plan prepared by the Federal Lands Reuse Authority of Bucks County. The ROD is in keeping with the Defense Department's community-based reuse objectives. The Navy concluded that the Federal Lands Reuse Authority's proposed redevelopment of the NAWC property responds to local economic conditions, promotes rapid economic recovery from the impact of the NAWC's closure. The ROD is consistent with President Clinton's Five-Part Plan for Revitalizing Base Closure Communities. Clinton's plan emphasizes job creation and local economic redevelopment of the closed facility.

The ROD is an environmental document and does not convey the NAWC property. Conveyance or transfer of title of the property is a separate matter that will be undertaken during later discussions between the Navy and the Federal Lands Reuse Authority.

The ROD reflects the highly successful coordinated efforts of the Navy and the Federal Lands Reuse Authority of Bucks County. It is a significant step in the base conversion process that allows the local community to begin long term redevelopment and highlights the Navy's commitment to economic prosperity at base closure sites.

Point of contact is Navy Lt. Cmdr. Herman Phillips at (703) 697-5342.

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