Forum on Hangar Impact Report Now Virtual Only

A public meeting on the proposed Hanscom Field hangar development, originally scheduled for Thursday evening at John Glenn Middle School, has been moved to a virtual format.

“Due to safety concerns associated with protesters that have been disruptive in the past and an event happening at Bedford High School the same evening, the public information session that was to be held both in-person and virtually will now be as an online-only session,” according to a notification sent to persons who submitted comments on the project’s draft environmental impact report.

The meeting, sponsored by the hangar developers and focusing on the content of their draft report, will start at 6:30 p.m. To register for the Zoom link, people may use https://bit.ly/hanscom-public-session-2

The climate action group Extinction Rebellion has been encouraging its members and supporters to assemble outside the middle school before the session with signs and banners. Plans also were to attend the meeting in person, as “a peaceful and non-disruptive event.” About 20 protesters were arrested in a civil disobedience action on the Lincoln side of Hanscom on April 21. 

Coincidentally, the annual Bedford High School Prom Stroll is planned for the Jenks Nature Trail fronting the school and the library. Hundreds of participants and spectators are expected.

The comment period for the environmental impact report ends on June 14. The state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs is expected to issue a response a week later – either clearance for a final report, or inadequacies that need correction in a revised draft.

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