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Notice of Intent To Prepare Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statements

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration, DOT

ACTION:

Notice.

The Northwest Mountain Region, Airports Division, Federal Aviation Administration, acting as lead agency, intends to prepare Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) for the construction of a replacement airport at St. George, Utah.

Background

On January 30, 2001, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Record of Decision/Finding of No Significant Impact document for the construction of a replacement airport at St. George, Utah. On December 22, 2001, the Grand Canyon Trust filed suit against the FAA in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. On May 24, 2002, the court issued it's decision on the issues. In summary, the court found that “the FAA must evaluate the cumulative impact of noise pollution on the Park as a result of construction of the proposed replacement airport in light of air traffic near and over the Park, for whatever airport, air tours near or in the Park, and the acoustical data collected by the NPS in the Park in 1995 and 1998 mentioned in comments on the draft Environmental Assessment (EA).” The court remanded the case [to the FAA] “because the record is insufficient for the court to determine whether an EIS is required”.

The purpose of the Draft and Final EIS's will be to address the court's issues and any other environmental issues that have changed since issuance of the final environmental assessment in January of 2001.

Proposed Action and Alternatives

The proposed action is the construction of a replacement airport at St. George, Utah. Alternatives to be evaluated include:

a. No-Build (continue using the existing airport as is).

b. Build a replacement airport at the preferred site (which is a combination of alternatives sites 1 and 1A), and

c. Alternative sites 1, 1A, and 2 as described on pages 32-40 of the final EA.

Scoping Process

The proposed action was the subject of a Final Environmental Assessment (FEA) report prepared in January 2001. Persons wishing to review the FEA in order to better understand the proposed action or provide comments regarding environmental concerns may review the FEA at the following locations:

Federal Aviation Administration, Airports Division, ANM-600, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington, 98055-4056.

Denver Airports District Office, 26805 E. 68th Ave., Suite 224, Denver, CO 80249-6361.

City of St. George, Public Works Office, 175 East 200 North, St. George, UT 84770.

Washington County Libary, St. George Branch, 50 S. Main, St. George, Utah.

In order to insure that all significant issues related to the proposed action are identified and given consideration, letters containing environmental concerns must be received by Dennis Ossenkop, 1601 Lind Ave. SW., Suite 315, Renton, WA 98055-4056 by November 14, 2002.

Release of Draft EIS

Approximate Release of Draft EIS: Unknown at this time.

Point of Contact for Information

Dennis Ossenkop, 1601 Lind Ave. SW., Suite 315, Renton, WA 98055-4056, Telephone: 425-227-2611.

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Dated: September 27, 2002.

Lowell H. Johnson,

Manager, Airports Division, Northwest Mountain Region.

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[FR Doc. 02-25317 Filed 10-4-02; 8:45 am]

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