The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the potential environmental impacts of Alaska Aerospace Corporation's (AAC's) proposal to expand the launch capabilities at the Kodiak Launch Complex (KLC), located on Kodiak Island's Narrow Cape, Alaska. The KLC currently operates under a Launch Site Operator License (LSOL) issued by the FAA.
Under the proposed action, the FAA would issue an LSOL modification to AAC to include a new launch pad and medium-lift launch capability at the KLC. This would allow AAC to expand their KLC operations from a small-lift launch complex to a small- and medium-lift launch complex. Under the LSOL modification, AAC would construct a launch pad, vehicle processing facility, rocket staging facility, air plant/liquid fueling facility, and a mission control center, and modify an existing road. The EA also may be used to support the licenses for future vehicle operators and license renewals.
Preparation of the Second Draft Environmental Assessment
The FAA is issuing an updated version of the Draft EA for a second 30-day public review and comment period.
After taking into consideration the nature of public comments received on the Draft EA issued on September 15, 2014, the FAA is providing the public with an opportunity to review and comment on updates and clarification information that have since been added to the EA in response to public comments.
The FAA initiated a public review and comment period for the Second Draft EA in December 2015. Interested parties are invited to submit comments on the Second Draft EA, preferably in writing, on or before January 11, 2016.
An electronic version of the Second Draft EA is available by clicking the following link:
Environmental Assessment Kodiak Launch Complex (PDF)
In addition, a printed copy of the Second Draft EA is available at the following locations:
- Kodiak Public Library – 612 Egan Way, Kodiak, AK 99615
- UAA Kodiak Library – 117 Benny Benson Drive, Kodiak, AK 99615
- Anchorage Municipal Library – 3600 Denali Street, Anchorage, AK 99503
Comments or questions on the Second Draft EA should be sent on or before January 11, 2016, and may be addressed to Ms. Stacey Zee, Federal Aviation Administration, c/o ICF International, 9300 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22031 or submitted by email to FAAKodiakEA@icfi.com.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information–may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
Background on the Draft EA and Second Draft EA
In compliance with FAA policy and procedures (Order 1050.1E, Change 1) for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the FAA initiated a 30-day public review and comment period for the Draft EA on September 15, 2014, and in response to public comments, extended the public comment and review period to November 1, 2014. The FAA held an open house public meeting on October 7, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.in the Katurwik Room of the Best Western Kodiak Inn Kodiak Harbor Convention Center, located at 236 E Rezanof Drive, Kodiak. Members of the public were able to speak to project representatives one-on-one and submit written comments and/or provide oral comments to a stenographer.
The FAA received 54 written comments and 26 oral comments on the Draft EA. All written and oral public comments received on the Draft EA, as well as the FAA's responses to these comments, can be found in Appendix R of the Second Draft EA. The FAA considered all public comments while preparing the Second Draft EA, and changes have been made to the EA where warranted.