PLEASE NOTE – the public comment period has been extended to June 24, 2013
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the potential environmental impacts that may result from the FAA/AST proposal to issue launch licenses and/or experimental permits to Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX). The launch licenses and/or experimental permits would allow SpaceX to launch the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy orbital vertical launch vehicles and a variety of smaller reusable suborbital launch vehicles from a launch site on privately-owned property in Cameron County, Texas.
Copies were sent to persons and agencies that requested a copy. CDs of the Draft EIS are also available at the following locations:
The FAA held a public hearing to obtain comments on the Draft EIS. The hearing was held on May 7, 2013 at the ITEC Center in Brownsville, TX. The format of the public hearing included a poster information session, an FAA presentation, and a public statement period in which members of the public provided statements.
Materials from the public hearing are available for download:
The FAA encourages all interested parties to provide comments concerning the scope and content of the Draft EIS.
The public comment period for the Draft EIS was originally scheduled to close on June 3, 2013. The FAA received a request to extend the comment period for an additional 21 days. The FAA agreed to this extension, which changes the deadline for submitting comments on the Draft EIS from June 3, 2013 to June 24, 2013. Interested parties can submit comments on the Draft EIS in one of the following ways:
Matters that could have been raised with specificity during the comment period on the Draft EIS may not be considered if they are raised for the first time later in the decision process. This commenting procedure is intended to ensure that substantive comments and concerns are made available to the FAA in a timely manner so that the FAA has an opportunity to address them.
The FAA also invited interested parties to submit comments or suggestions to help identify potentially significant environmental issues. A public scoping meeting was held to solicit input from the public on May 15, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the International Technology, Education and Commerce Center in Brownville, Texas. The scoping comment period closed on May 30, 2012. The Scoping Summary Report (PDF) summarizes the activities during, and the results of, the official public scoping period.
This webpage provides information on the EIS and how to get involved in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. Interested parties can also read the Council on Environmental Quality's A Citizen's Guide to NEPA (PDF). This Guide describes the NEPA process and provides information on how citizens can get involved. Additional information will be added to this webpage as the EIS progresses to keep you informed about the project. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to the project mailing list.
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