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 Final Environmental Assessment
The public review and comment period for the Draft EA has closed, and the FAA has begun preparation of the Final EA. The FAA reviewed comments received on the Draft EA and updated the EA accordingly. Subsequently, the Preliminary Final EA was provided for a final cooperating agency review and is currently being updated to address comments received. The Final EA is expected to be published later this summer. The FAA will notify interested parties of the availability of the Final EA and its finding through a Federal Register notice, as well as via email for those who provided their contact information to the FAA.
Questions on the preparation of the Final EA 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.
Background on the Draft EA
The FAA initiated a public review and comment period for the Draft EA on September 15, 2014. In response to public comments, the FAA extended the public comment period for the Draft EA to November 1, 2014. Interested parties were 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 and/or provide oral comments to a stenographer.