For Immediate Release

January 20, 2005
Contact: Tony Molinaro
Phone: (847) 294-7427

CHICAGO – Beginning tomorrow through March 23, the Federal Aviation Administration will accept comments from individuals and organizations on its draft environmental impact statement (Draft EIS) for the proposed modernization of O’Hare International Airport. The FAA will use the oral and written public comments it receives to further develop a Final Environmental Impact Statement to be released in July.

Prior to the distribution of the Draft EIS, the FAA has been responding to numerous public requests for documentation related to the report. It has already released more than 6,600 reports, letters, and other correspondence in response to Freedom of Information Act requests. In general, they include:

  • 1,023 letters/correspondence totaling 11,079 pages to the law firm of Karaganis, White & Magel LTD;
  • 5,591 reports totaling 7.3 million pages to the law firm of Karaganis, White & Magel LTD;
  • 1.6 million pages of reports to the law firm of Shaw, Pittman LLP.

These reports and documents also are available to the general public via the FAA’s web site at, where nearly 7.5 million pages of documents about the O’Hare project have been posted. (See attached web site page.)

The FAA encourages the public to look through its web site and study the Draft EIS (located at 33 area libraries) during the public comment period. It 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 FAA also will host three public hearings on Feb. 22, 23, and 24 in Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst and Niles to obtain comments on the Draft EIS.