The purpose of the meetings will be to provide information on project planning activities to date and to give members of the public the opportunity to ask questions of the project manager and resource specialists involved with the project. The public will also be able to provide comments on the issues and alternatives that will be included in the draft EIS.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) has proposed a land-based airport on Admiralty Island to serve the City of Angoon. The airport would enhance the safety and reliability of air travel to and from Angoon. The EIS will analyze the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts of the DOT&PF's proposed airport and alternatives to it. The FAA is the lead agency for the preparation of the EIS, and Leslie Grey is the FAA's Project Manager.
The Anchorage meeting was held Oct. 27. Another meeting will be held in Juneau on Oct. 29 from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Centennial Hall (101 Egan Drive), and in Angoon on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Angoon Community Center.
"These meetings help identify important questions and concerns early on in the process," Grey said. "We want to make sure the best alternatives are presented in this EIS and that means we need to consider lots of different information and points of view in order to understand the broader picture."
The EIS process is expected to take three or more years to complete and will disclose impacts to the human and natural environment that might occur as a result of the proposed project. It will also look at a range of reasonable alternatives that could avoid or minimize potentially adverse impacts while still achieving the overall purpose of a land-based airport in Angoon.
"EISs ensure that all important aspects of a project are considered," Grey said "It provides a 'look-before-you-leap' approach to federal projects. And, if there are significant impacts to the environment, the EIS will also consider measures to counteract those impacts".
Scoping comments will be accepted through Dec. 31, 2008 and can be submitted at the public meetings, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, submitted online at www.angoonairporteis.com, or mailed to: Leslie Grey AAL-614; FAA Project Manager, Angoon Airport EIS; 222 W. 7th Ave, Box 14; Anchorage, AK 99513-7587.
More information on the project as can be found at www.angoonairporteis.com.