Environmental Impact Statement: Norfolk International Airport, Norfolk, VA, 33582-33583 [2015-14202]

Download as PDF 33582 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 113 / Friday, June 12, 2015 / Notices participation in this Competition, or claims by the Federal Government for damage or loss to Government property resulting from such an activity. Competition winners should be prepared to demonstrate proof of insurance or financial responsibility in the event SBA deems it necessary. 11. Record Retention and Disclosure: All submissions and related materials provided to SBA in the course of this Competition automatically become SBA records and cannot be returned. Contestants should identify any confidential commercial information contained in their entries at the time of their submission. Award Approving Official: Christopher L. James, Associate Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416. Authority: 15 U.S.C. 3719. Dated: June 8, 2015. Christopher L. James, Associate Administrator, Small Business Administration. [FR Doc. 2015–14347 Filed 6–11–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8025–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Environmental Impact Statement: Norfolk International Airport, Norfolk, VA Federal Aviation Administration, DOT. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared for proposed improvements to the Norfolk International Airport (ORF). In October 2008, the Norfolk Airport Authority (NAA), owner and operator of ORF, prepared a Master Plan Update (MPU) to document changes occurring ‘‘in Airport facilities and activity that have taken place since the 1995 Master Plan Update,’’ to ‘‘provide the Authority with a development plan for the Airport through 2024,’’ and to address compliance shortfalls with published safety standards. Following the MPU, NAA prepared technical documents that focused on the potential construction of a replacement secondary runway. The first was the December 2008 Supplemental Technical Analyses for the Proposed Secondary Runway at Norfolk International Airport and the second was the December 2009 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:05 Jun 11, 2015 Jkt 235001 Justification for Proposed Runway 5R/ 23L. In 2008 NAA also developed an Airport Layout Plan (ALP) that evaluated and noted future development needs at ORF. The ALP included a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for the Airport to address Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) design standards for the Airport’s existing crosswind Runway 14/32. During its planning process, NAA explored a number of alternatives to meet FAA design standards while also providing the flexibility needed to operate without interruption during various conditions. These alternatives included the potential construction of a replacement secondary runway as well as improvements to the existing crosswind Runway 14/32. The FAA will evaluate and consider the Airport’s MPU, ALP, and associated planning efforts when considering reasonable and feasible alternatives for the ORF EIS. Based on these previous planning efforts, the primary components of NAA’s proposed project at ORF include: • Decommissioning and demolition of Runway 14/32 • Constructing a relocated secondary runway parallel to and separated by 876 feet from the existing Runway 5/23. The proposed Runway 5R/23L would be 6,500 feet long by 150 feet wide. The purpose of the proposed project is: • To meet relevant FAA airfield safety standards and enhance airfield safety without reducing runway availability. Relevant airfield safety standards include: Æ Runway Safety Area, which is designed to provide additional safety in the event an aircraft leaves the runway; Æ Runway Protection Zone, which is area at ground level prior to the threshold or beyond the runway end to enhance the safety and protection of people and property on the ground; and Æ Runway Object Free Area, which is designed to provide an area clear of objects surrounding a runway. • To enhance operational efficiency and maintain airfield utility while considering surrounding airspace and ORF’s critical design aircraft. • To provide a safe, efficient southern vehicular access, on Airport property, to the Airport’s terminal area. The proposed project is needed to address the following four primary areas of deficiency at ORF: • Runway 14/32 does not meet the FAA design standards discussed above for several reasons, including, but not limited to, the location of Robin Hood Road and Lake Whitehurst near the Runway 14 end. PO 00000 Frm 00108 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • The current airfield configuration limits operational efficiency, safety and flexibility due to secondary runway length and challenges in taxiing from the airfield layout. • Provide a flexible two-runway airfield system for aircraft operators and air traffic controllers. Incremental changes over time have severely decreased ORF’s ability to remain flexible with increasing airspace conflicts from surrounding military facilities. • Robin Hood Road, the secondary (southern) access to the Airport, has safety and functional deficiencies. Specifically, several curves in the onairport section of Robin Hood Road can be improved through a redesign of the roadway. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marcus Brundage, Project Manager, Federal Aviation Administration, Washington Airports District Office, 23723 Air Freight Lane, Suite 210, Dulles, Virginia 20166. Telephone (703) 661–1365. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FAA, in consultation with the NAA, will prepare an EIS for the proposed project. The EIS will evaluate a range of alternatives to address FAA design standards for the secondary Runway 14/ 32. The alternatives to be considered will include the No Build Alternative and a variety of build alternatives, including NAA’s proposed alternative as detailed in the 2008 Master Plan Update. The EIS would also evaluate any alternatives identified during the Scoping process to address the project need. The FAA intends to use the preparation of this EIS to comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, and any other applicable laws that include public involvement requirements. The FAA intends to conduct a Scoping process to gather input from all interested parties to help identify any issues of concern associated with the proposed project. In addition to this notice, Federal, state, and local agencies, that have legal jurisdiction and/or special expertise with respect to any potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed project, will be notified by letter of an Agency Scoping Meeting to be held on July 22, 2015 in Norfolk, Virginia. The general public will be notified of the Scoping process through a legal notice, describing the proposed project. The Notice will be placed in E:\FR\FM\12JNN1.SGM 12JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 113 / Friday, June 12, 2015 / Notices Agencies that are final in the meaning of 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). The actions relate to a proposed highway project corridor connecting Trunk Highway 169 and United States Highway 212 in the vicinity of Trunk Highway 41 in the Counties of Scott and Carver, State of Minnesota. The Federal decisions of a tiered environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act, 42 U.S.C. 4321–4351 (NEPA), and implementing regulations on tiering, 40 CFR 1502.20 and 40 CFR 1508.28, determined certain issues relating to the proposed action. Those Tier I decisions will be used by Federal agencies in subsequent proceedings, including decisions whether to grant licenses, permits, and approvals for highway project(s). DATES: By this notice, FHWA is advising the public of the final agency actions subject to 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). A claim seeking judicial review of the Federal agency actions on the highway project will be barred unless the claim is filed on or before November 9, 2015. If the Federal law that authorizes judicial review of a claim provides a time period of less than 150 days for filing such a claim, then that shorter time period still applies. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For FHWA: Philip Forst, Environmental Specialist, FHWA, Minnesota Division, 380 Jackson Street, Suite 500, Saint Paul, MN 55101, phil.forst@dot.gov, Phone: (651) 291–6100. For the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Diane Langenbach, Project Manager, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Metro District, 1500 West County Road B2, Roseville, MN 55113, Phone: (651) 234–7721. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that FHWA has issued at Tier I Record of Decision (ROD) in Issued in Jamaica, New York, June 4, 2015. connection with a proposed highway Eleanor Scorcia, project in the State of Minnesota: Construction of a new Trunk Highway Acting Manager, Planning and Programming Branch, Airports Division, Eastern Region. (TH) 41 Minnesota River crossing connecting Trunk Highway 169 and [FR Doc. 2015–14202 Filed 6–11–15; 8:45 am] United States (US) Highway 212 in the BILLING CODE 4910–13–P vicinity of the existing Trunk Highway 41. A modified Alternative C–2 corridor DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION was the selected alternative in the Tier I FEIS. The selected alternative is an Federal Highway Administration approximately 3 mile long, 300-foot wide corridor to accommodate a new Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions four-lane east-west regional freeway on Proposed Highway in Minnesota connection between US 169 and US 212 that will improve regional accessibility AGENCY: Federal Highway and alleviate traffic congestion. Administration (FHWA), DOT. Approximately six corridor alternatives ACTION: Notice of limitations on claims were evaluated in the Tier I process. for Judicial Reviews by FHWA. The selected alternative is the only SUMMARY: This notice announces actions corridor build alternative to be carried forward into a future Tier II EIS. taken by FHWA and other Federal mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES newspapers that have general circulation in the project area. The newspaper notice will notify members of the public that open house style Scoping Meetings will be held to provide the opportunity for the public to offer its input concerning the proposed project. The Public Scoping Meetings are scheduled for the evenings of July 22 & 23, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations in Southside Hampton Roads: • July 22, 2015, 5 p.m.–8 p.m.: Bayside High School, 4960 Haygood Road, Virginia Beach, VA • July 23, 2015, 5 p.m.–8 p.m.: Holiday Inn Norfolk Airport, 1570 N. Military Highway, Norfolk, Virginia The Public Scoping Meetings will be open house format with project information displayed and representatives from the FAA and the Airport available to answer questions. Written and oral comments will be accepted at each of the meetings. The public comment period on this Scoping phase of the EIS will end on August 3, 2015. The purpose of the Scoping Process, as stated above, is to receive input from the public, as well as from Federal, state, and local agencies, that have legal jurisdiction and/or special expertise with respect to any potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed project. During this process, questions regarding the scope and process related to the EIS will be answered. More information about the sponsor’s proposed project and the scoping meetings can be found at: www.orf-eis.com. Comments should be addressed to the listed contact person, or by email to orfeis@vhb.com. The Scoping comment period is from June 12, 2015 through August 3, 2015. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:05 Jun 11, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00109 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 33583 The Tier I final Federal agency decisions, and the laws under which such actions were taken, are described in the Tier I Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), approved on November 12, 2014, in the Record of Decision (ROD) issued on March 16, 2015, and in other documents in the project records. The FEIS, ROD, and other documents in the project file are available by contacting the Minnesota Division of the FHWA or the Minnesota Department of Transportation at the addresses provided above. The FEIS and ROD can be viewed on the project Web site at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/ metro/projects/hwy41bridge/ documents.html, or obtained by contacting the individuals listed above. This notice applies to all Federal agency decisions that are final in the meaning of 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1) as of the issuance date of this notice and all laws under which such actions were taken, including but not limited to: 1. General: National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) [42 U.S.C. 4321– 4351]; Federal-Aid Highway Act [23 U.S.C. 109 and 23 U.S.C. 128]. 2. Land: Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 [49 U.S.C. 303; 23 U.S.C. 138]. 3. Historic and Cultural Resources: Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended [16 U.S.C. 470f]; Archeological Resources Protection Act of 1977 [16 U.S.C. 470aa– 470mm]; Archeological and Historic Preservation Act [16 U.S.C. 469– 469c]. 4. Social and Economic: Farmland Protection Policy Act (FPPA) [7 U.S.C. 4201–4209] 5. Wetlands and Water Resources: Clean Water Act (Section 404, Section 401, Section 319) [33 U.S.C. 1251– 1387]; Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) [16 U.S.C. 4601–4604]; Wetlands Mitigation [23 U.S.C. 119(g) and 133(b)(14)]; Wild and Scenic Rivers Act [16 U.S.C. 1271–1287]. 6. Executive Orders: E.O. 11990 Protection of Wetlands; E.O. 11988 Floodplain Management; E.O. 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low Income Populations; E.O. 11593 Protection and Enhancement of Cultural Resources. (Catalog of Domestic Assistance Program Number 20.205, Highway Planning and Construction. The regulations implementing Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation on Federal programs and activities apply to this program.) E:\FR\FM\12JNN1.SGM 12JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 113 (Friday, June 12, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 33582-33583]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-14202]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration


Environmental Impact Statement: Norfolk International Airport, 
Norfolk, VA

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public that an 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared for proposed 
improvements to the Norfolk International Airport (ORF).
    In October 2008, the Norfolk Airport Authority (NAA), owner and 
operator of ORF, prepared a Master Plan Update (MPU) to document 
changes occurring ``in Airport facilities and activity that have taken 
place since the 1995 Master Plan Update,'' to ``provide the Authority 
with a development plan for the Airport through 2024,'' and to address 
compliance shortfalls with published safety standards. Following the 
MPU, NAA prepared technical documents that focused on the potential 
construction of a replacement secondary runway. The first was the 
December 2008 Supplemental Technical Analyses for the Proposed 
Secondary Runway at Norfolk International Airport and the second was 
the December 2009 Justification for Proposed Runway 5R/23L. In 2008 NAA 
also developed an Airport Layout Plan (ALP) that evaluated and noted 
future development needs at ORF. The ALP included a Capital Improvement 
Program (CIP) for the Airport to address Federal Aviation 
Administration (FAA) design standards for the Airport's existing 
crosswind Runway 14/32. During its planning process, NAA explored a 
number of alternatives to meet FAA design standards while also 
providing the flexibility needed to operate without interruption during 
various conditions. These alternatives included the potential 
construction of a replacement secondary runway as well as improvements 
to the existing crosswind Runway 14/32. The FAA will evaluate and 
consider the Airport's MPU, ALP, and associated planning efforts when 
considering reasonable and feasible alternatives for the ORF EIS.
    Based on these previous planning efforts, the primary components of 
NAA's proposed project at ORF include:
     Decommissioning and demolition of Runway 14/32
     Constructing a relocated secondary runway parallel to and 
separated by 876 feet from the existing Runway 5/23. The proposed 
Runway 5R/23L would be 6,500 feet long by 150 feet wide.
    The purpose of the proposed project is:
     To meet relevant FAA airfield safety standards and enhance 
airfield safety without reducing runway availability. Relevant airfield 
safety standards include:
    [cir] Runway Safety Area, which is designed to provide additional 
safety in the event an aircraft leaves the runway;
    [cir] Runway Protection Zone, which is area at ground level prior 
to the threshold or beyond the runway end to enhance the safety and 
protection of people and property on the ground; and
    [cir] Runway Object Free Area, which is designed to provide an area 
clear of objects surrounding a runway.
     To enhance operational efficiency and maintain airfield 
utility while considering surrounding airspace and ORF's critical 
design aircraft.
     To provide a safe, efficient southern vehicular access, on 
Airport property, to the Airport's terminal area.
    The proposed project is needed to address the following four 
primary areas of deficiency at ORF:
     Runway 14/32 does not meet the FAA design standards 
discussed above for several reasons, including, but not limited to, the 
location of Robin Hood Road and Lake Whitehurst near the Runway 14 end.
     The current airfield configuration limits operational 
efficiency, safety and flexibility due to secondary runway length and 
challenges in taxiing from the airfield layout.
     Provide a flexible two-runway airfield system for aircraft 
operators and air traffic controllers. Incremental changes over time 
have severely decreased ORF's ability to remain flexible with 
increasing airspace conflicts from surrounding military facilities.
     Robin Hood Road, the secondary (southern) access to the 
Airport, has safety and functional deficiencies. Specifically, several 
curves in the on-airport section of Robin Hood Road can be improved 
through a redesign of the roadway.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marcus Brundage, Project Manager, 
Federal Aviation Administration, Washington Airports District Office, 
23723 Air Freight Lane, Suite 210, Dulles, Virginia 20166.
    Telephone (703) 661-1365.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FAA, in consultation with the NAA, will 
prepare an EIS for the proposed project. The EIS will evaluate a range 
of alternatives to address FAA design standards for the secondary 
Runway 14/32. The alternatives to be considered will include the No 
Build Alternative and a variety of build alternatives, including NAA's 
proposed alternative as detailed in the 2008 Master Plan Update. The 
EIS would also evaluate any alternatives identified during the Scoping 
process to address the project need.
    The FAA intends to use the preparation of this EIS to comply with 
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as 
amended, Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, and Section 404 of 
the Clean Water Act, and any other applicable laws that include public 
involvement requirements.
    The FAA intends to conduct a Scoping process to gather input from 
all interested parties to help identify any issues of concern 
associated with the proposed project. In addition to this notice, 
Federal, state, and local agencies, that have legal jurisdiction and/or 
special expertise with respect to any potential environmental impacts 
associated with the proposed project, will be notified by letter of an 
Agency Scoping Meeting to be held on July 22, 2015 in Norfolk, 
Virginia.
    The general public will be notified of the Scoping process through 
a legal notice, describing the proposed project. The Notice will be 
placed in

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newspapers that have general circulation in the project area. The 
newspaper notice will notify members of the public that open house 
style Scoping Meetings will be held to provide the opportunity for the 
public to offer its input concerning the proposed project. The Public 
Scoping Meetings are scheduled for the evenings of July 22 & 23, 2015 
from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations in Southside Hampton 
Roads:
     July 22, 2015, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.: Bayside High School, 4960 
Haygood Road, Virginia Beach, VA
     July 23, 2015, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.: Holiday Inn Norfolk Airport, 
1570 N. Military Highway, Norfolk, Virginia
    The Public Scoping Meetings will be open house format with project 
information displayed and representatives from the FAA and the Airport 
available to answer questions. Written and oral comments will be 
accepted at each of the meetings. The public comment period on this 
Scoping phase of the EIS will end on August 3, 2015.
    The purpose of the Scoping Process, as stated above, is to receive 
input from the public, as well as from Federal, state, and local 
agencies, that have legal jurisdiction and/or special expertise with 
respect to any potential environmental impacts associated with the 
proposed project. During this process, questions regarding the scope 
and process related to the EIS will be answered. More information about 
the sponsor's proposed project and the scoping meetings can be found 
at: www.orf-eis.com.
    Comments should be addressed to the listed contact person, or by 
email to orf-eis@vhb.com. The Scoping comment period is from June 12, 
2015 through August 3, 2015.

    Issued in Jamaica, New York, June 4, 2015.
Eleanor Scorcia,
Acting Manager, Planning and Programming Branch, Airports Division, 
Eastern Region.
[FR Doc. 2015-14202 Filed 6-11-15; 8:45 am]
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