Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 5646

MX Missile Policy Board Living facilities planning reports

Dates: 1981.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

In September 1979 President Jimmy Carter first announced federal plans to pursue the construction and basing of the MX Missile System in the Great Basin region of Utah and Nevada. Among the most immediate concerns that arose from citizens living in those states was the inevitable social impacts that construction and deployment would have on local communities and regional economies. This contentious issue was analyzed and assessed by the U.S. Air Force in conjunction with studies made to prepare the MX Draft Environmental Impact Statement (required by the federal National Environmental Policy Act), though clear resolution to what the impact would have meant for the region is never fully answered..

This series contains a set of reports entitled "Preparation of Special Report-Life Support Facility Planning and Evaluation Concept Study for Construction and Deployment Personnel for the MX Weapons System." The reports were completed by the private firm of Holmes and Narver Inc. (Orange, California) working under contract from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

The Forward that opens the first report states, "this report is part of a study designed to assist in the concept planning for the life support of personnel involved in the construction and deployment phases (1982-1989) of the M-X Weapons System and to provide information for decision making in the Deployment Area Selection and Land Withdrawal/Acquisition Process. Specific reports in this study deal with:

- Analysis of similar life support projects

- Identification and assessment of alternative concepts

- Site specific engineering and environment analysis

- Incorporation of life support requirements identified in the Draft EIS

The 'Life Support' function comprising the focus of this study consists of all the physical facilities and daily care necessary to maintain reasonable living conditions for those persons and dependents located in the deployment area and identified as working for, in the support of, the construction and deployment of the M-X Weapons System. This includes, but is not limited to, premobilization camps, construction camps use of permanent facilities, facilities in nearby communities, transportation and other logistics. This study does not address the needs of permanent people assigned to the future operating bases."

The four specific vicinities under consideration for MX Missile Basing in these reports are: Coyote Spring Valley, Nevada; Beryl, Utah; Milford, Utah; and Clovis, New Mexico.

Arrangement

Chronological by report date.

Related Records

Administrative records from the MX Coordination Office, Series 4246, contains a variety of records from the coordinating office in Salt Lake City, which detail planning and potential impacts caused by MX.

Governor's MX missile correspondence from the MX Coordination Office, Series 4247, contains correspondence between various agencies of state government in coordinating efforts and planning for MX impact on the state.

MX missile deployment and national defense issues subject files from the MX Coordination Office, Series 4248, consists of various letters, memos, reports, notes, personal statements, and newsletters written by political leaders at all levels of government concerning the MX issue.

MX missile deployment impact planning and subject files from the MX Coordination Office, Series 4250, includes all types of studies, reports, correspondence, newspaper clippings, magazines, and maps collected by the staff of the office to help them better evaluate potential impacts of the deployment of the MX missile system in Utah and Nevada.

MX Draft Environmental Impact Statement evaluation records from the MX Coordination Office, Series 4251, contains the Utah response to the MX Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

Federal aid programs subject files from the MX Coordination Office, Series 4252, documents various federal aid programs that were drawn upon by local Utah agencies and groups to plan for the social and environmental impacts of MX on the state.

Draft environmental impact statements and technical reports from the MX Coordination Office, Series 4254, contains the MX Draft Environmental Impact Statement and technical reports from the U.S. Air Force.

Administrative records from the MX Missile Policy Board, Series 5643, contains a variety of records from the parent agency that detail planning and potential impacts caused by MX.

MX missile survey and siting reports from the MX Missile Policy Board, Series 5644, contains reports and maps that detail gravity surveys, mineral resource surveys, alternative energy sources surveys, and geotechnical siting investigations that were made to determine potential areas to place the MX missile system in Nevada and Utah.

Draft environmental impact studies from the MX Missile Policy Board, Series 5647, contains record of the Draft Environmental Impact statement study undertaken by the MX Missile Impact Policy Board.

MX technical issues briefing transcript from the Governor's Office. Office of Planning and Budget, Series 11927, includes the transcript of a meeting between U.S. Air Force personnel and the Utah Science Advisory Board in which many of the central issues and concerns of the MX plan are discussed.

MX environmental technical reports from the MX Coordination Office, Series 17499, contains technical reports attached to the DEIS that compare anticipated environmental impacts in specific alternative siting areas, resource needs for the construction phase of the project, and anticipated impacts on wildlife, vegetation, transportation.

Custody History

After the MX Missile Impact Policy Board office was closed in 1981 these records were kept by staff members from the Department of Community and Economic Development (as several of that agencies employees had served on committees and groups directly connected with MX planning). The records were transferred from DCED to the Utah State Archives for permanent retention in 2005.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

This series was processed by Jim Kichas in March 2012.

Indexing Terms

Container List

BOX FOLDER DATE DESCRIPTION
1 1 1981 Jan 19 Coordination Point 2 - Submittal 4.3 - Task 2.2a - Historical Research and Analysis of Remote Area Life Support Projects - Contract No. DACA07-81-C-0003
1 2 1981 Feb 2 Coordination Point 3 - Submittal 4.6 - Task 2.2d - Recommended Levels of Standard Criteria - Contract No. DACA07-81-C-0003
1 3 1981 Feb 17 Coordination Point 4 - Submittal 4.7 - Task 2.2e - Standard Criteria - Contract No. DACA07-81-C-0003
1 4 1981 Mar 2 Coordination Point 5 - Submittal 4.11 - Task 2.3b - Alternative Financial Management Plans for Government Reimbursement - Contract No. DACA07-81-C-0003
1 5 1981 Mar 2 Coordination Point 5 - Submittal 4.11 - Task 2.3b - Alternative Financial Management Plans for Government Reimbursement - Contract No. DACA07-81-C-0003
1 6 1981 Mar 2 Coordination Point 5 - Option IV - Alternative Contract Methods of Government Providing Life Support
1 7 1981 Mar 3 Revised Document Format - Submittal 4.4 - Task 2.2b - Project No. 1631.00 - Contract No. DACA07-81-0003
1 8 1981 Apr 20 Submittal 4.1 - Life Support Concept Study Overview - Contract No. DACA07-81-C-0003