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Receipt of Noise Compatibility Program and Request for Review; Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Columbia, SC

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration, DOT.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces that it is reviewing a proposed noise compatibility program that was submitted for Columbia Metropolitan Airport under the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 47501 et seq. (the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act hereinafter referred to as “the Act”) and 14 CFR part 150 by the Richland-Lexington Airport District. This program was submitted subsequent to a determination by FAA that the associated noise exposure maps submitted under 14 CFR part 150 for Columbia Metropolitan Airport were in compliance with applicable requirements effective July 29, 2005. The proposed noise compatibility program will be approved or disapproved on or before September 18, 2006.

DATES:

Effective Date: The effective date of the start of FAA's review of the associated noise compatibility program is March 22, 2006. The public comment period ends May 22, 2006.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Bonnie Baskin, Federal Aviation Administration, Atlanta Airports District Office, 1702 Columbia Avenue, Campus Building, Suite 2-260, College Park, Georgia, (404) 305-7152. Comments on the proposed noise compatibility program should also be submitted to the above office.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This notice announces that the FAA is Start Printed Page 17558reviewing a proposed noise compatibility program for Columbia Metropolitan Airport that will be approved or disapproved on or before September 18, 2006. This notice also announces the availability of this program for public review and comment.

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 measure the operator has taken or proposes to reduce existing non-compatible uses and prevent the introduction of additional non-compatible uses.

The FAA has formally received the noise compatibility program for Columbia Metropolitan Airport, effective on March 22, 2006. The airport operator has requested that the FAA review this material 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 47504 of the Act. Preliminary review of the submitted material indicates 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 September 18, 2006.

The FAA's detailed evaluation will be conducted under the provisions of 14 CFR part 150, section 150.33. The primary considerations in the evaluation process are whether the proposed measures may reduce the level of aviation safety or create an undue burden on interstate or foreign commerce, and whether they are reasonably consistent with obtaining the goal of reducing existing non-compatible land uses 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 relating to these factors, 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, the FAA's evaluation of the maps, and the proposed noise compatibility program are available for examination at the following location: Federal Aviation Administration, Atlanta Airports District Office, 1701 Columbia Avenue, Campus Building 2-260, College Park, Georgia 30337. Questions may be directed to the individual named above under the heading, FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

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Issued in Atlanta, Georgia, March 22, 2006.

Scott L. Seritt,

Manager, Atlanta Airports District Office.

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[FR Doc. 06-3289 Filed 4-5-06; 8:45 am]

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