Federal Aviation Administration, DOT.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces its determination that the noise exposure maps submitted by Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority for Buffalo Niagara International Airport under provisions of Title I of the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act of 1979 (Pub. L. 96-193) and 14 CFR part 150 are in compliance with applicable requirements. The FAA also announces that it is reviewing a proposed noise compatibility program that was submitted for Buffalo Niagara International Airport under part 150 in conjunction with the noise exposure maps, and that this program will be approved or disapproved on or before March 6, 2006.
The effective date of the FAA's determination on the noise exposure maps and of the start of its review of the associated noise compatibility program is September 7, 2005. The public comment period ends November 6, 2005.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Maria Stanco, New York Airports District Office, 600 Old Country Road, Suite 440, Garden City, New York 11530. Comments on the proposed noise compatibility programs should also be submitted to the above office.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
This notice announces that the FAA finds that the noise exposure maps submitted for the Buffalo Niagara International Airport are in compliance with applicable requirements of part 150, effective September 7, 2005. Further, FAA is reviewing a proposed noise compatibility program for that airport which will be approved or disapproved on or before March 6, 2006. This notice also announces the availability of this program for public review and comment.
Under section 103 of the Title I of the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act of 1979 (hereinafter referred to as “the Act”), an airport operator may submit to the FAA noise exposure maps which meet applicable regulations and which depict non-compatible land uses 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.
As an airport operator who has submitted noise exposure maps that are found by the FAA to be in compliance with the requirements of Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) part 150, promulgated pursuant to Title I of the Act, may submit a noise compatibility program for FAA approval which sets forth the measures the operator has taken or proposes for the reduction of existing non-compatible uses and for the prevention of the introduction of additional non-compatible uses.
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority submitted to the FAA in a letter dated, March 7, 2005, noise exposure maps, descriptions and other documentation. It was requested that the FAA review this material as the noise exposure maps, as described in section 103(a)(1) of the Act, and that the noise mitigation measures, to be implemented jointly by the airport and surrounding communities, be approved as a noise compatibility program under section 10(b) of the Act.
The FAA has completed its review of the noise exposure maps (NEMs) and related description submitted by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. The specific maps under consideration are the 2003 Noise Exposure Map (Chapter 4—Sheet 1) and the 2008 Noise Exposure Map (Chapter 5—Sheet 1). Additional required information on Flight Tracks is found on supplemental graphics (Chapter 4—Sheet 3, Chapter 5—Sheet 3). Narrative description of: the methodology used to develop the NEMs; noncompatible land uses; numbers of residents within the 65 contours; fleet mix and runway use is found in Chapters 3, 4 and 5. The FAA has determined that these maps and accompanying narrative for Buffalo Niagara International Airport are in compliance with the applicable requirements. This determination is effective on September 7, 2005. FAA's determination on an airport operator's noise exposure maps is limited to a finding that the maps were developed in accordance 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 103 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 107 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 rest exclusively with the airport operator, which submitted these maps, or with those public agencies and planning agencies with which consultation is required under section 103 of the Act. The FAA has relied on the certification by the airport operator, which under section 150.21 of FAR part 150, that the statutorily required consultation has been accomplished.
The FAA has formally received the noise compatibility program for Buffalo Niagara International Airport, effective on September 7, 2005. Preliminary review of the submitted material indicated that it conforms to the requirements for the submittal of noise compatibility programs, but that further review will be necessary prior to approval or disapproval of the program. The formal review period, limited by law to a maximum of 180 days, will be completed on or before March 6, 2006.Start Printed Page 55447
The FAA's detailed evaluation will be conducted under the provision of 14 CFR part 150, section 150.33. The primary consideration in the evaluation process are whether the proposed measures may reduce the level of aviation safety, create an undue burden on interstate or foreign commerce, or be reasonably consistent with obtaining the goal of reducing existing non-compatible land used and preventing the introduction of additional non-compatible land uses.
Interested persons are invited to comment on the proposed program with specific reference to these factors, all comments, other than those properly addressed to local land use authorities, will be considered by the FAA to the extent practicable. Copies of the noise exposure maps and the proposed noise compatibility program are available for examination at the following locations:
Federal Aviation Administration, New York Airports District Office, 600 Old Country Road, Suite 440, Garden City, NY 11530.
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, 181 Ellicott St., Buffalo, NY 14203; and on-line at www.nfta.com/airport.
Questions may be directed to the individual named above under the heading, FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.Start Signature
Issued in Garden City, New York, September 7, 2005.
Acting Manager, New York Airports District.
[FR Doc. 05-18814 Filed 9-20-05; 8:45 am]
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