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Wallops Flight Facility Streamline Meeting Held

Posted: Aug 08, 2018 6:23 PM Updated:

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va.- The Wallops Island Regional Alliance met Wednesday to discuss its concerns of how a NASA Goddard study, could negatively impact the Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. 

Members of the Wallops Island Regional Alliance packed a Chincoteague meeting room to discuss NASA's directive to its centers - which includes all Goddard-run sites such as Wallops Island - to cut costs by 25 percent. 

Upon hearing about the study, restaurant owner, Ron Wolff, left the meeting concerned of how the study could impact his business. 

"If the NASA facility was to downsize, the impact on my business would probably force us to shut the door," says Ron Wolff. 

But Goddard is disputing concerns over any potential workforce reductions. It released a statement saying, "The team has not been asked to look at potential cuts to Wallops, and will not make any recommendations in that area." 

Goddard also followed that statement by saying "NASA headquarters has directed Goddard...to identify strategies to reduce the cost of NASA facilities...purposes of developing an Agency 20-year facilities master plan."

Chincoteague Mayor Arthur Leonard says he remain optimistic about the study, but worries how any cost reduction of NASA facilities could impact Wallops Island. 

"Wallops is one of our mainstays for our economy. If Wallops was to downsize it would affect us," says Leonard.

NASA Goddard spokesman claims they are certain the study will not post a threat to Wallops Island. 

"There is no effort within Goddard to downsize at all," says a Goddard spokesperson.  

 

 

 

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