29 September 2014

29 September 2014: FAA Draft EA for Launch Pad 3 Call for Comments, Public Meeting

Dear Recipient –

In compliance with FAA policy and procedures (Order 1050.1E, Change 1) for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the FAA has initiated a public review and comment period for the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Kodiak Launch Complex Launch Pad 3 (Draft EA).  The Draft EA also is available on the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation website at: http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ast/environmental/nepa_docs/review/documents_progress/kodiak_launch/[[
[Note – the full Draft EA will be posted on the website by 9/16]

The FAA encourages all interested parties to provide comments concerning the scope and content of the Draft EA by October 15, 2014.  Comments should be as specific as possible and address the analysis of potential environmental impacts and the adequacy of the Proposed Action or merits of alternatives, and the mitigation being considered.  Reviewers should organize their comments to be meaningful and inform the FAA of their interests and concerns quoting or providing specific references to the text of the Draft EA. Matters that could have been raised with specificity during the Draft EA public comment period might not be considered if they are raised for the first time later in the decision process.  This commenting procedure is intended to ensure that the FAA receives substantive comments and concerns in time to address them in a Final EA.

The FAA will hold an open house public meeting on October 7, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.in the Katurwik Room of the Kodiak Inn Best Western, located at 236 E Rezanof Drive, Kodiak. The public will be able to speak to project representatives one-on-one and submit written comments or provide oral comments to a stenographer.

Please submit comments in writing to Stacey M. Zee, Federal Aviation Administration, c/o ICF International, 9300 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22031.  Comments may also be submitted via e-mail to FAAKodiakEA@icfi.com

For any media inquiries, please contact Hank Price at 202-267-3447.

Stacey M. Zee
Office of Commercial Space Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration
800 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20591

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