Use Comparison of Operations Under the Three Alternatives (from SWEIS Summary)

No Action Alternative
 (As Operated Now)

Expanded Operations Alteernative

Reduced Operations Alternative

National Defense Mission

"No impacts were identified... because activities would be compatible with existing land use designations..."

"No impacts were identified... because activities would be compatible with the proposed land use designations... Reserved Zone would decrease by 5.5%; the Research, Test and Experiment Zone would increase by 21%"

"No impacts were identified... because activities would be compatible with the proposed land use designations... Reserved Zone would decrease by 71%, and Areas 18,19,20 and 30 would change from Reserved to Limited Operations, which is a new land use designation."

"No new impacts were identified from airspace activities because these activities would be maintained at the current levels..."

"Minimal impacts would result from increased usage of aerial platforms and airspace usage..."

Same as under No Action Alternative.

Environmental Management Mission

"No impacts were identified... because activities ... would not change."

"Up to 1,000 megawatts of commercial solar power generating capacity would be developed in Area  25... would provide a portion of the electrical power at the NNSS..."

"A commercial 100 megawatt solar power generation plant would be developed in Area  25... would provide a portion of the electrical power at the NNSS..."