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Receipt of Noise Compatibility Program and Request for Review

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Federal Aviation Administration, DOT.




The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces that it is reviewing a proposed noise compatibility program that was submitted for Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) under the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 47504 et seq. (the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act, hereinafter referred to as “the Act”) and 14 CFR part 150 by City of Fresno, California. This program was submitted subsequent to a determination by FAA that associated noise exposure maps submitted under 14 CFR part 150 for FAT were in compliance with applicable requirements, effective July 6, 2005 (70 FR 50437-50438). The proposed noise compatibility program will be approved or disapproved on or before October 15, 2008.


Effective Date: The effective date of the start of FM's review of the noise compatibility program is April 18, 2008. The public comment period ends June 17, 2008.

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David B. Kessler, AICP, Regional Environmental Protection Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration, Western Pacific Region, P.O. Box 92007, Los Angeles, CA 90009-2007, Telephone 310/725-3615. Comments on the proposed noise compatibility program should also be submitted to the above office.

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This notice announces that the FAA is reviewing a proposed noise compatibility program for FAT, which will be approved or disapproved on or before October 15, 2008. 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 measures the operator has taken or proposes to reduce existing non-compatible uses and prevent the introduction of additional non-compatible uses.

The City of Fresno initially submitted its noise compatibility program for the subject airport to the FAA on May 26, 2006 (71 FR 33032-33033). In a letter received by FAA on September 15, 2006, the City of Fresno requested that FAA suspend its review and processing of the noise compatibility program in order to modify the document. FAA terminated its formal review of the City of Fresno's noise compatibility program effective September 15, 2006 (71 FR 56582). The City of Fresno has submitted their revised noise compatibility program to FAA. Therefore, the FAA has formally received the noise compatibility program for FAT, effective on April 18, 2008. 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 FAR Part 150 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 October 15, 2008.

The FAA's detailed evaluation will be conducted under the provisions of 14 CFR part 150, § 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 noncompatible 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 and the proposed noise compatibility program are available for examination at the following locations:

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Federal Aviation Administration, National Headquarters, Planning and Environmental Division, APP-400, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 621, Washington, DC 20591.

Federal Aviation Administration Western-Pacific Region Office, Airports Division, Room 3012, 15000 Aviation Boulevard, Hawthorne, California 90261.

Federal Aviation Administration, Western Pacific Region, San Francisco Airports District Office, 831 Mitten Road, Suite 210, Burlingame, California 94010.

City of Fresno, Mr. Kevin Meikle, Airports Planning Manager, 4995 East Clinton Way, Fresno, CA 93727-1525.

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

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Issued in Hawthorne, California on April 18, 2008.

Mark A. McClardy,

Manager, Airports Division, AWP-600, Western-Pacific Region.

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[FR Doc. E8-9532 Filed 4-30-08; 8:45 am]