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Navy sets date for Texas meeting on nuclear aircraft carrier Enterprise

Two EA-6B Prowlers assigned to the ''Rooks'' of Electronic Attack Squadron 137 fly in formation over the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise on October 15, 2012.

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By MARK REAGAN | The Brownsville (Texas) Herald | Published: June 2, 2019

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (Tribune News Service) — The Navy has scheduled an open house in Brownsville concerning a decommissioned nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that could be scrapped at the Port of Brownsville.

The meeting follows the Navy’s plans to prepare an environmental impact statement to evaluate potential environmental impacts associated with the disposal of the decommissioned and defueled USS Enterprise.

The meeting is scheduled to be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at the Fort Brown Memorial Center at 600 International Blvd.

The meeting will be held in an open-house format with poster displays and subject-matter experts who will be available for questions.

The aircraft carrier was decommissioned in 2012 and the Navy has been trying to figure out the best way to dismantle the ship safely, which includes removing its reactors and transporting them to a nuclear waste storage facility.

The Navy also is accepting public comments on potential viable alternatives and environmental issues for analysis during the public scoping period. Comments can be submitted via mail, online or at the open meeting. The comments must be postmarked or received online by July 15 for consideration.

Comments can be made online at www.CarrierDisposalEIS.com.

People wishing to mail comments should address them to the Congressional and Public Affairs Office, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility, to the attention of Kellie Randall, CVN 65 EIS.

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