PLEASE NOTE NEW PUBLIC HEARING FORMAT
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 a 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.
Draft Environmental Assessment – Public Review and Comment Period
The FAA initiated a public review and comment period for the Draft EA on September 15, 2014. In response to public comments, the FAA is extending the public comment period for the Draft EA to November 1, 2014.
Interested parties are invited to submit comments on the Draft EA, preferably in writing, on or before November 1, 2014. An electronic version of the Draft EA is available by clicking the following link:
Kodiak Environmental Assessment (PDF)
In addition, a printed copy of the 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
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 or provide oral comments to a stenographer.
Comments or questions on the Draft EA should be sent on or before November 1, 2014, 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.