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Noise Exposure Map Notice for Indianapolis International Airport, Indianapolis, IN

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration, DOT.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces its determination that the noise exposure maps submitted by Indianapolis Airport Authority for Indianapolis International Airport under the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 47501 et seq. (Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act) and 14 CFR part 150 are in compliance with applicable requirements.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

The effective date of the FAA's determination on the noise exposure maps is October 7, 2003.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Bobb A. Beauchamp, Environmental Program Manager, 2300 E. Devon Ave., Suite 320, Des Plaines, Illinois 60018 (847) 294-7364.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This notice announces that the FAA finds that the noise exposure maps submitted for Indianapolis International Airport are in compliance with applicable requirements of part 150, effective October 7, 2003.

Under 49 U.S.C. section 47503 of the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act (hereinafter referred to as “the Act”), an airport operator may submit to the FAA noise exposure maps which meet applicable regulations and which depend non-compatible land uses as of the date of submission of such maps, a description of projected aircraft operations, and the ways in which such operations will affect such maps. The Act requires such maps to be developed in consultation with interested and affected parties in the local community, government agencies, and persons using the airport.

An airport operator who has submitted noise exposure maps that are found by FAA to be in compliance with the requirements of Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) part 150, promulgated pursuant to the Act, may submit a noise compatibility program for FAA approval which sets forth the measures the operator has taken or proposes to take to reduce existing non-compatible uses and prevent the introduction of additional non-compatible uses.

The FAA has completed its review of the noise exposure maps and accompanying documentation submitted by Indianapolis Airport Authority. The documentation that constitutes the “noise exposure maps” as defined in section 150.7 of part 150 includes: Noise exposure maps depicting current (2003) and future (2008) noise contours, flight tracks, land use mitigation measures, and related discussions. The FAA has determined that these noise exposure maps and accompanying documentation are in compliance with applicable requirements. This determination is effective on October 7, 2003. FAA's determination on an airport operator's noise exposure maps is limited to a finding that the maps were developed in acccordance with the procedures contained in appendix A of FAR part 150. Such determination does not constitute approval of the applicant's data, information or plans, or a commitment to approve a noise compatibility program or to fund the implementation of that program.

If questions arise concerning the precise relationship of specific properties to noise exposure contours depicted on a noise exposure map submitted under section 47503 of the Act, it should be noted that the FAA is not involved in any way in determining the relative locations of specific properties with regard to the depicted noise contours, or in interpreting the noise exposure maps to resolve questions concerning, for example, which properties should be covered by the provisions of section 47506 of the Act. These functions are inseparable from the ultimate land use control and planning responsibilities of local government. These local responsibilities are not changed in any way under Part 150 or through FAA's review of noise exposure maps. Therefore, the responsibility for the detailed overlaying of noise exposure contours onto the map depicting properties on the surface rests exclusively with the airport operator that submitted those maps, or with those public agencies and planning agencies with which consultation is required under section 47503 of the Act. The FAA has relied on the certification by the airport operator, under section 150.21 of FAR part 150, that the statutorily required consultation has been accomplished.

Copies of the full noise exposure map documentation and the FAA's evaluation of the maps are available for examination at the following locations:

Marion County Public Library, 202 North Alabama, Indianapolis, IN 46204, (temporary location), 317-269-1700.

Decatur Township Branch Library, 5301 Kentucky Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46221, 317-269-1872.

Mooresville Public Library, 220 W. Harrison Street, Mooresville, IN 46158, 317-831-7323.

Wayne Township Branch Library, 198 South Girls School Road, Indianapolis, IN 46231, 317-269-1847.Start Printed Page 61714

Plainfield Public Library, 1120 Stafford Road, Plainfield, IN 46168, 317-839-6602.

Federal Aviation Administration, Chicago Airports District Office, 2300 E. Devon, Suite 320, Des Plaines, IL 60018.

Indianapolis Airport Authority, Indianapolis International Airport, 2500 South High School Road, Indianapolis, IN 46241.

Questions may be directed to the individual named above under the heading FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

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Issued in Des Plaines, Illinois, October 7, 2003.

Thomas E. Salaman,

Acting Manager, Chicago Airports District Office, FAA Great Lakes Region.

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[FR Doc. 03-27275 Filed 10-28-03; 8:45 am]

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