For Immediate Release

February 17, 2005
Contact: Tony Molinaro
Phone: (847) 294-7427

CHICAGO – Beginning next week, the FAA will host three public hearings to obtain comments on its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for the proposed modernization of O’Hare International Airport.

The Draft EIS analyzes several environmental issues that may be affected by the proposed modernization and reasonable alternatives. They include: noise and land use, air quality, wetlands, land acquisition, historic properties, surface transportation, and construction impacts.

The public hearings will take place at the following locations:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 22 – Avalon Banquets, 1905 E. Higgins Rd., Elk Grove Village, 2 pm to 9 pm.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 23 – Waterford Conference Center, 933 S. Riverside Dr., Elmhurst, 2 pm to 9 pm.
  • Thursday, Feb. 24 – White Eagle Banquet Halls, 6839 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles, 2 pm to 9 pm.

Participants at the hearings will be able to offer comments publicly to a hearing officer, or privately to a court reporter. FAA specialists and consultants also will be available at the hearings to answer questions.

The FAA’s study does not offer any final decisions on the proposed O’Hare project and generally does not propose any mitigation measures for the environmental issues studied. It is one of the steps in the FAA’s comprehensive analysis of the City of Chicago’s proposal and of various reasonable alternatives. After the FAA reviews all public comments, it will develop measures to mitigate the environmental impacts identified, based on whether the City’s proposal or an alternative is selected. These would be described in the Final EIS in July 2005 and in the Record of Decision which is expected to be released by the end of September 2005.

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to submit their comments on the FAA’s draft environmental study through March 23, the end of the comment period. During the public comment period, the FAA also will accept comments by fax at (847) 294-7046 and by e-mail at Written comments may also be mailed to:

Michael W. MacMullen, Airports Environmental Program Manager
Federal Aviation Administration
Chicago Airports District Office
2300 Devon Ave.
Des Plaines, IL 60018

The public can view the FAA’s Draft EIS during regular business hours at 33 locations in Chicago and the suburbs.