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Published February 08, 2010, 09:05 AM

Hearings Slated for Unmanned aircraft

North Dakota's congressional delegation says public hearings have been slated this week to discuss the environmental impact of positioning unmanned aerial vehicles at the Grand Forks Air Force Base.

By: Asssociated Press, WDAZ

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's congressional delegation

says public hearings have been slated this week to discuss the

environmental impact of positioning unmanned aerial vehicles at the

Grand Forks Air Force Base.

Sens. Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad and Rep. Earl Pomeroy say

it's an important step toward basing the drones at Grand Forks.

The Air Force's draft environmental impact statement covers

infrastructure improvements at the Grand Forks base, and

modifications to airspace to accommodate the drones.

The hearings will be held on Monday in Grand Forks; Tuesday in

Devils Lake; Wednesday in Carrington; and Thursday in Langdon.

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