For Immediate Release

October 30, 2003
Contact: Tony Molinaro
Phone: (847) 294-7427

CHICAGO — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will host a public meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 3, to collect comments on the scope of issues it will analyze in its environmental study of a proposed airport near Peotone.

The FAA will use the oral and written public comments it receives as it develops a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that focuses on construction and operation of the proposed South Suburban Airport.

The Dec. 3rd public comment meeting will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Engbretson Hall at Governors State University in University Park. In addition, an informational public workshop hosted by the FAA will run concurrent with the public comment meeting. The workshop, which will include FAA representatives available to answer questions from the public, will take place in the Hall of Governors at Governors State University.

During the public meeting, the FAA will look for specific comments on the scope and extent of the environmental issues it will need to analyze. The FAA follows a general list of environmental issues it studies. The list includes: noise, air quality, water quality, wetlands, floodplains, light emissions, biotic communities, threatened and endangered species, natural resources, and solid and hazardous waste. It also includes issues such as land use, surface transportation, social and socioeconomic impacts, environmental justice, energy supply, construction impacts, archaeological and cultural resources, indirect impacts, and cumulative impacts.

At a scoping meeting, public comments may offer the FAA more details about these issues, or may point out issues the FAA wouldn’t normally study. Detailed and focused comments from the public at open scoping meetings such as this will yield a better analysis by the FAA and better decisions about the proposed South Suburban Airport project.

In addition to providing comments at the scoping meeting, the FAA welcomes written comments from the public on the scope of its environmental analysis. Please send comments to:

Denis R. Rewerts
Federal Aviation Administration
Chicago Airports District Office
2300 E. Devon Ave., room 320
Des Plaines, IL 60018

The FAA also accepts comments by e-mail to 7-AGL-SSA-EIS-PROJECT@FAA.GOV. Written comments about scoping must be received by the close of business on Friday, Dec. 19, 2003. The FAA’s environmental analysis process will offer more opportunities for public comments as it moves forward.