For Immediate Release

March 1, 2005
Contact: Tony Molinaro
Phone: (847) 294-7427


CHICAGO – After its three public hearings last week attracted attendance from more than 1,500 participants, the FAA continues to accept public comments about its draft environmental study through March 23. The FAA collected more than 275 new comments at the public meetings about the proposed modernization of O’Hare International Airport, bringing the total comments submitted so far to nearly 450.

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to submit their comments on the FAA’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) by fax at (847) 294-7046 and by e-mail at OMPEIS@faa.gov. 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 library locations in Chicago and the suburbs. The Draft EIS has been available for public viewing since it was released on Jan. 13, and the FAA set a lengthy public comment period of 70 days.

In addition, for the past 18 months, the FAA has made available two web sites to provide the public with early access to key information about the FAA’s analysis of the O’Hare project prior to the release of the Draft EIS. These websites, which include documents that the Draft EIS is based upon, are the FAA’s O’Hare EIS website, which can be found at www.ompeis.net and the FAA’s O’Hare Document Library file sharing site, which can be found at www.agl.faa.gov/OMP/. Currently, the FAA has posted more than 7.6 million pages of documents about the O’Hare project on these two public web sites.

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 will be described in the Final EIS to be released by the end of July, and in the Record of Decision which is expected to be released by the end of September.

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