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Notice of the Availability for the O'Hare Modernization Final Environmental Impact Statement, Final Section 4(f) and Section 6(f) Evaluation, and Final General Conformity Determination, Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, IL

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration, DOT.

ACTION:

Notice of availability of the O'Hare Modernization Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), Final Section 4(f) and Section 6(f) Evaluation, and Final General Conformity Determination.

Location of Proposed Action: O'Hare International Airport, Des Plaines and DuPage River Watersheds, Cook and DuPage Counties, Chicago, Illinois (Sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, 17, and 18, Township 416 North, Range 10 East, 3rd P.M.). Please see the airport location maps showing the locations of the wetlands and non-wetland Waters of the U.S. potentially affected by the Build Alternatives from the FEIS. The Notice of Availability is also available on the FAA's Web site at http://www.agl.faa.gov/​OMP/​FEIS.htm under the title Notice of Availability of the O'Hare Modernization Final EIS, Final Section 4(f) and Section 6(f) Evaluation, and Final General Conformity Determination.

SUMMARY:

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces that the O'Hare Modernization Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), Final Section 4(f) and Section 6(f) Evaluation, and Final General Conformity Determination, for Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois, are available for public review. The FAA will accept comment on specific sections of the FEIS that have been updated and/or refined for purposes of the FEIS, in part, because of response to comments on the Draft EIS, Draft Section 4(f) and Section 6(f) Evaluation, and Draft General Conformity Determinations.

The comment period is open as of the date of this Notice of Availability and closes Tuesday, September 6, 2005. The FAA will accept comments on updated and/or refined information in the following sections of the FEIS and the associated appendices:

(1) Sections 3.6 and 3.7, of Chapter 3, Alternatives.

(2) Section 5.6, Air Quality, of Chapter 5, Environmental Consequences.

(3) Subsections 5.21.4 through 5.21.11, of Section 5.21, Environmental Justice, of Chapter 5, Environmental Consequences.

(4) Section 5.8, Section 4(f) and Section 6(f) Resources, of Chapter 5, Environmental Consequences.

(5) Section 5.22, Other Issues Relating to Cemetery Acquisition, of Chapter 5, Environmental Consequences.

(6) Section 5.23, Issues Relating to Due Process Claims and Formal Adjudicative Processes, of Chapter 5, Environmental Consequences.

(7) Chapter 7, Mitigation.

The FEIS identifies alternatives intended to address the projected needs of the Chicago region by reducing delays at O'Hare, thereby enhancing capacity of the National Airspace System, and ensuring that terminal facilities and supporting infrastructure can efficiently accommodate airport users. All of the development alternatives would result in wetland, property acquisition, air quality and noise impacts, as well as other impacts.

All comments are to be submitted to Michael W. MacMullen of the FAA, at the address shown below. The USACE and IEPA have requested that the FAA be the recipient of all comments regarding their actions. These comments must be sent to Michael W. MacMullen of the FAA at the address shown below, and the comments must be postmarked and e-mail must be sent by no later than 5 p.m., central standard time, Tuesday, September 6, 2005.

The USACE participated in the EIS process because implementation of any development alternative, if selected, would require the USACE to approve issuance of a permit to fill wetlands under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act Section. The IEPA participated in the EIS process because implementation of any wetland development alternative, if selected, would also require IEPA to issue a Water Quality Certification under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The City of Chicago (City), Department of Aviation, as owner and operator of Chicago O'Hare International Airport (O'Hare or the Airport), PO Box 66142, Chicago, IL 60666, proposes to modernize O'Hare to address existing and future capacity and delay problems. The City initiated master planning and the process of seeking FAA approval to amend its airport layout plan to depict the O'Hare Modernization Program (OMP). The City is also seeking the other necessary FAA approvals to implement the OMP and associated capital improvements and procedures. The FAA has prepared a FEIS addressing specific improvements at and adjacent to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois. FAA's FEIS presents an evaluation of the City's proposed project and reasonable alternatives. Under the City's concept, O'Hare's existing seven-runway configuration would be replaced by an eight-runway configuration, in which six runways would be oriented generally in the east/west direction, the existing northeast/southwest-oriented Runways 4L/22R and 4R/22L would remain, and Runways 14L/32R and 14R/32L would be closed.

Please see the airport location maps showing the locations of the wetlands and non-wetland Waters of the U.S. potentially affected by the Build Alternatives from the FEIS. This Notice of Availability is also available on the FAA's Web site at http://www.agl.faa.gov/​OMP/​FEIS.htm under the title Notice of Availability of the Final EIS.

The Final EIS is available for review until September 6, 2005, at the following libraries:

Arlington Heights Memorial Library500 North Dunton AveArlington Heights.
Bellwood Public Library600 Bohland AveBellwood.
Bensenville Community Public Library200 S Church RdBensenville.
Berkeley Public Library1637 Taft AveBerkeley.
Bloomingdale Public Library101 Fairfield WayBloomingdale.
College of DuPage Library425 Fawell BlvdGlen Ellyn.
Des Plaines Public Library1501 Ellinwood AveDes Plaines.
Eisenhower Public Library4652 N Olcott AveHarwood Heights.
Elk Grove Village Public Library1001 Wellington AveElk Grove.
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Elmhurst Public Library211 Prospect AveElmhurst.
Elmwood Park Public Library4 W Conti PkwyElmwood Park.
Franklin Park Public Library10311 Grand AveFranklin Park.
Glendale Heights Library25 E Fullerton AveGlendale Heights.
Glenview Public Library1930 Glenview RdGlenview.
Harold Washington Library400 S. State StChicago.
Hoffman Estates Library1550 Hassell RdHoffman Estates.
Itasca Community Library500 W. Irving Park RdItasca.
Lombard Public Library110 W Maple StLombard.
Maywood Public Library121 S. 5th AveMaywood.
Melrose Park Public Library801 N. BroadwayMelrose Park.
Morton Grove Public Library6140 Lincoln AveMorton Grove.
Mount Prospect Public Library10 S Emerson StMount Prospect.
Niles Public Library6960 W Oakton StNiles.
Northlake Public Library231 N. Wolf RdNorthlake.
Oak Park Public Library834 Lake StOak Park.
Oakton Community College Library1616 E. Golf RdDes Plaines.
Park Ridge Public Library20 S Prospect AvePark Ridge.
River Forest Public Library735 Lathrop AveRiver Forest.
River Grove Public Library8638 W. Grand AveRiver Grove.
Schaumburg Township District Library130 S Roselle RdSchaumburg.
Schiller Park Public Library4200 Old River RdSchiller Park.
Villa Park Public Library305 S Ardmore AveVilla Park.
Wood Dale Public Library520 N Wood Dale RdWood Dale.

Written comments, faxes and e-mails should be submitted to Michael W. MacMullen of the FAA. The comment period is open as of the date of this Notice of Availability and closes at 5 p.m. central standard time, Tuesday, September 6, 2005. The FAA will accept comments on updated and/or refined information in the following sections of the FEIS and the associated appendices:

(1) Sections 3.6 and 3.7, of Chapter 3, Alternatives.

(2) Sections 5.6, Air Quality, of Chapter 5, Environmental Consequences.

(3) Subsections 5.21.4 through 5.21.11, of Section 5.21, Environmental Justice, of Chapter 5, Environmental Consequences.

(4) Section 5.8, Section 4(f) and Section 6(f) Resources, of Chapter 5, Environmental Consequences.

(5) Section 5.22, Other Issues Relating to Cemetery Acquisition, of Chapter 5, Environmental Consequences.

(6) Section 5.23, Issues Relating to Due Process Claims and Formal Adjudicative Processes, of Chapter 5, Environmental Consequences.

(7) Chapter 7, Mitigation.

Comments received via e-mail can only be accepted with the full name and address of the individual commenting.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Michael W. MacMullen, Airports Environmental Program Manager, Federal Aviation Administration, Chicago Airports District Office, 2300 East Devon Avenue, Des Plaines, IL 60018. Telephone: 847-294-8339, FAX: 847-294-7046, e-mail address: ompeis@faa.gov.

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Issued in Des Plaines, Illinois on July 20, 2005.

Barry Cooper,

Manager, Chicago Area Modernization Program Office, Great Lakes Region.

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[FR Doc. 05-14757 Filed 7-28-05; 8:45 am]

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