2013 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 07:28:52 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] REUSE: "Who Needs the Moffett Runways?"
Who Needs the Moffett Runways?
Lenny Siegel
September 2013

To ensure that the planned lease of Moffett Field serves the interest of neighboring communities and to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act, any proposed change in the operation of the runways or significant new activities on the former Navy base should be the subject of a new Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Should the selected lessee simply plan to create a museum and educational center in Hangar One, a less exhaustive environmental study will be required, because that use was part of the preferred alternative studied in the 2002 Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the NASA Ames Development Plan.

In 1995 NASA, owner of the former Navy Moffett runways since 1994, and several air cargo companies proposed to open up Moffett Field to air package express operations, and local residents organized in opposition. We used public meetings about NASA'a Environmental Assessment to mobilize opposition and pick apart the proposal. Then, in a November 5, 1996 advisory vote, 67.5% of Mountain View voters opposed commercial or other civilian air operations at Moffett Field. Opposition to non-governmental use of the Moffett runways in Sunnyvale, directly under the Moffett flight-landing path, was also intense. There is no reason to believe that public opinion has changed since.

Largely as a result of that election, NASA abandoned plans to expand non-governmental air operations. Instead, it consulted with residents of neighboring communities and created a development plan based upon partnerships with high-tech companies and educational institutions. That plan, subject of the 2002 environmental review, has been successfully implemented.

But times change....

For the entire column, go to

For the shorter version as it appeared in the September 20, 2013 Mountain View Voice, see pages 10-11 of


Lenny Siegel
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