Office of Commercial Space Transportation; Notice of Availability of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for Issuing or Modifying Launch Licenses for Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Falcon Launch Vehicle Landings at Landing Complex-1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), Florida, 79649 [2015-32158]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 245 / Tuesday, December 22, 2015 / Notices provided public notice and opportunity for comment. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of Europe, Western Hemisphere and Africa, Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State, (ENR/EDP/ EWA), 2201 C St. NW., Ste. 4843, Washington, DC 20520. Attn: Deputy Director. Tel: 202–647–2041. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Additional information concerning the Vantage pipeline facilities can be found at http://www.state.gov/e/enr/applicant/ applicants/pembina/index.htm. Documents related to the Department of State’s review of the application for a Presidential Permit can be found at http://www.state.gov/e/enr/applicant. Dated: December 7, 2015. Chris Davy, Deputy Director, Energy Resources Bureau, Energy Diplomacy, (ENR/EDP/EWA), Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State. [FR Doc. 2015–31873 Filed 12–21–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–AE–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Office of Commercial Space Transportation; Notice of Availability of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for Issuing or Modifying Launch Licenses for Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Falcon Launch Vehicle Landings at Landing Complex-1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), Florida Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of availability of the FONSI. AGENCY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA; 42 United States Code 4321 et seq.), Council on Environmental Quality NEPA implementing regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] parts 1500 to 1508), and FAA Order 1050.1F, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, the FAA is announcing the availability of a FONSI, based on the analysis and findings of the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF’s) December 2014 Environmental Assessment for the Space Exploration Technologies Vertical Landing of the Falcon Vehicle and Construction at Launch Complex 13 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Florida (EA). Subsequent to the USAF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:21 Dec 21, 2015 Jkt 238001 issuing the EA, Launch Complex-13 was renamed to Landing Complex-1 (LC–1). Mr. Daniel Czelusniak, Environmental Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Ave. SW., Room 325, Washington, DC 20591; email Daniel.Czelusniak@faa.gov; or phone (202) 267–5924. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The FAA participated as a cooperating agency with the USAF in the preparation of the EA, which evaluated the potential environmental impacts of SpaceX conducting vertical landings of a Falcon launch vehicle first stage at LC–1 at CCAFS, as well as related construction. Landings could include a Falcon 9 first stage or a single core of a Falcon Heavy first stage. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration also participated as a cooperating agency in the preparation of the EA. As the Proposed Action would require Federal actions (as defined in 40 CFR 1508.18) involving the USAF and the FAA, the EA was prepared to satisfy the NEPA obligations of both agencies. The USAF issued a FONSI on January 8, 2015, which stated that the potential environmental impacts associated with the Proposed Action would not individually or cumulatively have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment, and therefore the preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) was not required. The FAA has formally adopted the EA and also issued a FONSI to support the issuance of new launch licenses or modify existing launch licenses to allow SpaceX to conduct Falcon landings at LC–1. The Proposed Action analyzed in the EA consists of SpaceX conducting Falcon landings at LC–1 and construction activities, including land clearing, construction of landing pads, and supporting infrastructure modifications at LC–1. SpaceX anticipates no more than 12 landings per year (one per month). Operations at LC–1 would also include post-flight landing and safing activities. The FAA’s Proposed Action is to issue new launch licenses or modify existing launch licenses to allow SpaceX to conduct vertical landings of a Falcon launch vehicle first stage at CCAFS. Alternatives analyzed as part of the FONSI include the Proposed Action and the No Action Alternative. Under the No Action Alternative, the FAA would not issue or modify launch licenses to allow SpaceX to conduct Falcon landings at CCAFS. The Falcon first stage would continue to land in the Atlantic Ocean. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00095 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 79649 Based on its independent review and consideration, the FAA issued a FONSI concurring with the analysis of impacts and findings in the EA and formally adopting the EA to support issuing new launch licenses or modifying existing launch licenses to allow SpaceX to conduct vertical landings of a Falcon launch vehicle first stage at CCAFS. After reviewing and analyzing available data and information on existing conditions, potential impacts, and measures to mitigate those impacts, the FAA has determined that issuing or modifying launch licenses to allow SpaceX to conduct vertical landings of a Falcon launch vehicle first stage at CCAFS is a Federal action that would not significantly affect the quality of the human environment within the meaning of NEPA. Therefore, the preparation of an EIS is not required, and the FAA has issued a FONSI. The FAA made this determination in accordance with all applicable environmental laws and FAA regulations. The FAA has posted the EA and FONSI on the internet at http:// www.faa.gov/about/office_org/ headquarters_offices/ast/ environmental/nepa_docs/review/ launch/. Issued in Washington, DC, on December 15, 2015. Daniel Murray, Manager, Space Transportation Development Division. [FR Doc. 2015–32158 Filed 12–21–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Procedures Advisory Committee Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public that a meeting of the Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Procedures Advisory Committee (ATPAC) will be held to review present air traffic control procedures and practices for standardization, revision, clarification, and upgrading of terminology and procedures. DATES: The meeting will be held Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 12:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at CGH Technologies, Inc., 600 Maryland SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\22DEN1.SGM 22DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration


Office of Commercial Space Transportation; Notice of Availability 
of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for Issuing or 
Modifying Launch Licenses for Space Exploration Technologies Corp. 
(SpaceX) Falcon Launch Vehicle Landings at Landing Complex-1 at Cape 
Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), Florida

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of 
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Notice of availability of the FONSI.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969, as amended (NEPA; 42 United States Code 4321 et seq.), Council on 
Environmental Quality NEPA implementing regulations (40 Code of Federal 
Regulations [CFR] parts 1500 to 1508), and FAA Order 1050.1F, 
Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, the FAA is announcing 
the availability of a FONSI, based on the analysis and findings of the 
U.S. Air Force's (USAF's) December 2014 Environmental Assessment for 
the Space Exploration Technologies Vertical Landing of the Falcon 
Vehicle and Construction at Launch Complex 13 at Cape Canaveral Air 
Force Station Florida (EA). Subsequent to the USAF issuing the EA, 
Launch Complex-13 was renamed to Landing Complex-1 (LC-1).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Daniel Czelusniak, Environmental 
Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Ave. SW., 
Room 325, Washington, DC 20591; email Daniel.Czelusniak@faa.gov; or 
phone (202) 267-5924.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FAA participated as a cooperating agency 
with the USAF in the preparation of the EA, which evaluated the 
potential environmental impacts of SpaceX conducting vertical landings 
of a Falcon launch vehicle first stage at LC-1 at CCAFS, as well as 
related construction. Landings could include a Falcon 9 first stage or 
a single core of a Falcon Heavy first stage. The National Aeronautics 
and Space Administration also participated as a cooperating agency in 
the preparation of the EA.
    As the Proposed Action would require Federal actions (as defined in 
40 CFR 1508.18) involving the USAF and the FAA, the EA was prepared to 
satisfy the NEPA obligations of both agencies. The USAF issued a FONSI 
on January 8, 2015, which stated that the potential environmental 
impacts associated with the Proposed Action would not individually or 
cumulatively have a significant impact on the quality of the human 
environment, and therefore the preparation of an environmental impact 
statement (EIS) was not required. The FAA has formally adopted the EA 
and also issued a FONSI to support the issuance of new launch licenses 
or modify existing launch licenses to allow SpaceX to conduct Falcon 
landings at LC-1.
    The Proposed Action analyzed in the EA consists of SpaceX 
conducting Falcon landings at LC-1 and construction activities, 
including land clearing, construction of landing pads, and supporting 
infrastructure modifications at LC-1. SpaceX anticipates no more than 
12 landings per year (one per month). Operations at LC-1 would also 
include post-flight landing and safing activities. The FAA's Proposed 
Action is to issue new launch licenses or modify existing launch 
licenses to allow SpaceX to conduct vertical landings of a Falcon 
launch vehicle first stage at CCAFS. Alternatives analyzed as part of 
the FONSI include the Proposed Action and the No Action Alternative. 
Under the No Action Alternative, the FAA would not issue or modify 
launch licenses to allow SpaceX to conduct Falcon landings at CCAFS. 
The Falcon first stage would continue to land in the Atlantic Ocean.
    Based on its independent review and consideration, the FAA issued a 
FONSI concurring with the analysis of impacts and findings in the EA 
and formally adopting the EA to support issuing new launch licenses or 
modifying existing launch licenses to allow SpaceX to conduct vertical 
landings of a Falcon launch vehicle first stage at CCAFS. After 
reviewing and analyzing available data and information on existing 
conditions, potential impacts, and measures to mitigate those impacts, 
the FAA has determined that issuing or modifying launch licenses to 
allow SpaceX to conduct vertical landings of a Falcon launch vehicle 
first stage at CCAFS is a Federal action that would not significantly 
affect the quality of the human environment within the meaning of NEPA. 
Therefore, the preparation of an EIS is not required, and the FAA has 
issued a FONSI. The FAA made this determination in accordance with all 
applicable environmental laws and FAA regulations.
    The FAA has posted the EA and FONSI on the internet at http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ast/environmental/nepa_docs/review/launch/.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on December 15, 2015.
 Daniel Murray,
Manager, Space Transportation Development Division.
[FR Doc. 2015-32158 Filed 12-21-15; 8:45 am]
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