Notice of Availability, Notice of Public Comment Period, Notice of Public Meeting, and Request for Comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority Launch Site Operator License

 
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Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 244 (Thursday, December 19, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 244 (Thursday, December 19, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Page 69813]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-27419]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Aviation Administration
Notice of Availability, Notice of Public Comment Period, Notice
of Public Meeting, and Request for Comment on the Draft Environmental
Assessment for the Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority Launch Site
Operator License
AGENCY: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of
Transportation (DOT) is the lead agency. The National Aeronautics and
Space Administration (NASA) and the U.S. Air Force are cooperating
agencies for this Environmental Assessment (EA).
ACTION: Notice of availability, notice of public comment period, notice
of public meeting, and request for comment.
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SUMMARY: The FAA is announcing the availability of and requesting
comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Titusville-
Cocoa Airport Authority (TCAA) Launch Site Operator License. The FAA
has prepared the Draft EA to evaluate the potential environmental
impacts of the FAA issuing a Launch Site Operator License to TCAA for
the operation of a commercial space launch site at the Space Coast
Regional Airport (TIX). Under the proposed action, TCAA would operate a
commercial space launch site at TIX to offer the site for launches of
horizontal takeoff and horizontal landing launch vehicles from TIX.
TCAA would also construct facilities related to the proposed launch
site. The Draft EA considers the potential environmental impacts of the
Proposed Action and the No Action Alternative.
DATES: Comments on the Draft EA must be received on or before January
17, 2020.
    The FAA will hold a public meeting on January 8th, 2020, from 5:00
to 8:00 p.m. During this meeting, FAA representatives will have the
chance to answer questions about the Draft EA. Members of the public
will have the chance to provide written and/or oral comments at the
meeting. We invite all interested parties to attend the meeting.
ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at the Ralph Poppell Airport
Administration Building at Space Coast Regional Airport, 355 Golden
Knights Boulevard, Titusville, Florida 32780.
    Please submit comments or questions regarding the Draft EA to ICF,
Attention: FAA TIX EA, 9300 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22031. Comments
may also be submitted by email to [email protected].
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Stacey M. Zee, Environmental
Protection Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration, 800
Independence Avenue SW, Suite 325, Washington, DC 20591; email
[email protected].
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FAA has prepared the Draft EA in
accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA; 42
United States Code 4321 et seq.), the Council on Environmental Quality
Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA (40 Code
of Federal Regulations parts 1500-1508), and FAA Order 1050.1F,
Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, as part of its
licensing process. Concurrent with the NEPA process and to determine
the potential effects of the Proposed Action on historic and cultural
properties, the FAA has initiated Section 106 Consultation with the
Florida State Historic Preservation Office and the following Native
America tribes: The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, the
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, the
Poarch Band of Creek Indians, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and the
Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. Through consultation, the Mississippi Band
of Choctaw Indians requested to be removed from the list of tribes
consulted for this project. Pursuant to the U.S. Department of
Transportation Act of 1966, this EA will comply with the requirements
of Section 4(f) of the Act.
    An electronic version of the Draft EA is available on the FAA
Office of Commercial Space Transportation website at: https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ast/environmental/nepa_docs/review/documents_progress/space_coast/.
    The FAA encourages all interested agencies, organizations, Native
American tribes, and members of the public to submit comments
concerning the analysis presented in the Draft EA by January 17, 2020.
Comments should be as specific as possible and address the analysis of
potential environmental impacts. Reviewers should organize their
participation so that it is meaningful and makes the agency aware of
the viewer's interests and concerns using quotations and other specific
references to the text of the Draft EA and related documents. Matters
that could have been raised with specificity during the comment period
on the Draft EA may not be considered if they are raised for the first
time later in the decision process. This comment procedure is intended
to ensure that substantive comments and concerns are made available to
the FAA in a timely manner so that the FAA has an opportunity to
address them.
    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or
other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that
your entire comment--including your personal identifying information--
may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in
your comment to withhold from the public review your personal
identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do
so.
    The FAA has prepared the Draft EA to evaluate the potential
environmental impacts of the construction and operation of TIX as a
launch location for horizontally launched and landed launch vehicles
and issuing a Launch Site Operator License to TCAA at TIX. The EA
considers the potential environmental impacts of the Proposed Action
and the No Action Alternative. The successful completion of the
environmental review process does not guarantee that the FAA Office of
Commercial Space Transportation would issue a Launch Site Operator
License to TCAA. The project must also meet all FAA requirements of a
Launch Site Operator License. Individual launch operators proposing to
launch from the site would be required to obtain a separate launch
operator license.
    Issued in Washington, DC, on December 10, 2019.
Daniel Murray,
Manager, Space Transportation Development Division.
[FR Doc. 2019-27419 Filed 12-18-19; 8:45 am]
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