Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Proposed Capacity Enhancements and Other Improvements at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, NC, 12639-12640 [2018-05583]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 56 / Thursday, March 22, 2018 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Proposed Capacity Enhancements and Other Improvements at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, NC Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS, open a public scoping comment period, and hold agency and public scoping meetings. AGENCY: This Notice provides information to Federal, state, and local agencies; Native American tribes; and other interested persons regarding the FAA’s intent to prepare an EIS to evaluate the potential impacts of the City of Charlotte Aviation Department’s (Department’s) proposal to construct capacity enhancements and other improvements at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, NC. The Department has initially identified the following four main elements of the Proposed Action: (1) Fourth Parallel Runway 1–19 and End-Around Taxiways; (2) Concourse B and Ramp Expansion; (3) Concourse C and Ramp Expansion; and (4) Daily North Parking Deck. The EIS will evaluate the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts that may result from the Proposed Action, including related activities and actions connected to the Proposed Action. To ensure that all significant issues related to the Proposed Action are identified, two (2) public scoping meetings and two (2) governmental agency scoping meetings will be held. The FAA is the lead agency for the preparation of the EIS. Cooperating Agencies will be identified during the agency scoping process. The FAA intends to use the preparation of this EIS to comply with other applicable environmental laws and regulations as identified through the environmental analysis. The FAA will provide more specific public notice of the environmental laws, regulations and executive orders being satisfied through the EIS as the environmental consequences of the proposed project and its alternatives are better understood. DATES: The FAA invites interested agencies, organizations, Native American tribes, and members of the public to submit comments or suggestions to assist in identifying daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:32 Mar 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 significant environmental issues and in determining the appropriate scope of the EIS. The public scoping comment period starts with the publication of this Notice in the Federal Register. Comments must be received by May 7, 2018. ADDRESSES: Comments, statements, or questions concerning the EIS scope or process should be mailed to: Ms. Kristi Ashley, FAA Environmental Specialist, Memphis Airports District Office, 2600 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 2250, Memphis, TN 38118. Comments can also be sent by email to CLTEIS@ faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of this notice is to inform Federal, state and local government agencies and the public of the intent to prepare an EIS and to conduct public and agency scoping process. Information, data, opinions and comments obtained throughout the scoping process will be considered in preparing the draft EIS. The FAA will prepare the EIS in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (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), FAA Order 1050.1F, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, and FAA Order 5050.4B, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Implementing Instructions for Airport Actions. The EIS will evaluate the potential impacts of the Department’s proposal to construct capacity enhancements and other improvements at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Department has initially identified the following four main elements of the Proposed Action: (1) Fourth Parallel Runway 1–19 and End-Around Taxiways; (2) Concourse B and Ramp Expansion; (3) Concourse C and Ramp Expansion; and (4) Daily North Parking Deck. The Fourth Parallel Runway I–19 and End-around Taxiways would entail construction of an approximately 12,000-foot runway located between existing Runway 18C–36C and Runway 18R–36L, along with associated taxiways (partial north End-Around Taxiway, full south End-Around Taxiway, parallel, high-speed exit and connector taxiways). Construction of the new runway along with terminal and ramp expansion projects would require the decommissioning of Runway 5–23 and relocation of West Boulevard. The Concourse B and Ramp Expansion PO 00000 Frm 00080 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12639 would entail extending Concourse B to the west, creating 10–12 additional gates. The Concourse C and Ramp Expansion would entail extending Concourse C to the east, creating 10–12 additional gates. The Daily North Parking Deck would entail construction of a parking deck north of passenger terminal parking facilities. Within the EIS, the FAA proposes to consider a range of reasonable alternatives that could potentially meet the purpose and need for the project being proposed at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The EIS will include the evaluation of a No Action Alternative and other reasonable alternatives that may be identified, such as use of other airports or other modes of transportation, during the NEPA process, including scoping. The potential environmental impacts of all proposed construction and operational activities will be analyzed in the EIS. The EIS will evaluate the potential environmental impacts associated with air quality; biological resources (including fish, wildlife, and plants); climate; properties protected under 49 U.S.C. 303(c), known as ‘‘Section 4(f)’’ of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 (including publicly owned parks, recreational areas, wildlife and waterfowl refuges, and public and private historic sites); farmlands; ground transportation; hazardous materials, solid waste, and pollution prevention; historical, architectural, archeological, and cultural resources; land use; natural resources and energy supply; noise and noisecompatible land use; socioeconomics, environmental justice, and children’s health and safety risks; visual effects; water resources (including wetlands, floodplains, surface waters, groundwater, and Wild and Scenic rivers). This analysis will include an evaluation of potential direct and indirect impacts, and will account for cumulative impacts from other relevant activities in the vicinity of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Public and agency scoping meetings will be conducted to identify any significant issues associated with the Proposed Action. Two governmental agency scoping meetings for Federal, state, and local regulatory agencies which have jurisdiction by law or special expertise with respect to any potential environmental impacts associated with the Proposed Action will be held in Raleigh and Charlotte, NC. Two public scoping meetings for the general public will be held to solicit input on potential issues that may need to be considered in the EIS. The first E:\FR\FM\22MRN1.SGM 22MRN1 12640 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 56 / Thursday, March 22, 2018 / Notices public scoping meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at the Embassy Suites located at 4800 S. Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28217. The second public scoping meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the West Mecklenburg High School Cafeteria, located at 7400 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC 28214. For both meetings, the format will include an open-house workshop followed by a public comment period. During the public comment period, members of the public may provide up to a 3-minute statement. Oral comments will be transcribed by a stenographer. All comments received during the 45day scoping comment period be considered in the preparation of the EIS, regardless of whether the comment is provided orally or in writing. More information on the Proposed Action and the NEPA process is available on the project website at: www.clteis.com. Issued in Memphis, TN, on March 12, 2018. Phillip J. Braden, Manager, Memphis Airports District Office, Southern Region. [FR Doc. 2018–05583 Filed 3–21–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration One Hundred and First RTCA 159 Plenary Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: One Hundred and First RTCA 159 Plenary. AGENCY: The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of One Hundred and First RTCA 159 Plenary. DATES: The meeting will be held May 03, 2018 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EDT. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at: Virtual: https://rtca.webex.com/rtca/ j.php?MTID=m898a2c3d9227c3b 790bf19f89196dd35, Meeting number (access code): 639 753 422, Meeting password: Sc-159_101!. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karan Hofmann at khofmann@rtca.org or 202–330–0680, or The RTCA Secretariat, 1150 18th Street NW, Suite 910, Washington, DC 20036, or by telephone at (202) 833–9339, fax at (202) 833–9434, or website at http:// www.rtca.org. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 10(a)(2) of the Federal SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:32 Mar 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92– 463, 5 U.S.C., App.), notice is hereby given for a meeting of the One Hundred and First RTCA 159 Plenary. The agenda will include the following: 1. INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: DFO, RTCA AND CO-CHAIRS 2. APPROVAL OF SUMMARIES OF PREVIOUS MEETING: ONE HUNDREDTH MEETING HELD MARCH 16, 2018 (RTCA PAPER NO. 075–18/SC159–1071) 3. REVIEW OF GNSS L1/L5 ANTENNA MOPS FINAL REVIEW AND COMMENT (FRAC) ACTIVITIES 4. DECISION TO APPROVE RELEASE OF GNSS L1/L5 ANTENNA MOPS FOR PRESENTATION TO PROGRAM MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE FOR PUBLICATION 5. GPS/INTERFERENCE (WG–6): UPDATE REGARDING TAKING DRAFT DO–292 REVISION INTO FINAL REVIEW AND COMMENT (FRAC) 6. DISCUSSION OF TERMS OF REFERENCE UPDATES 7. ACTION ITEM REVIEW 8. ASSIGNMENT/REVIEW OF FUTURE WORK 9. OTHER BUSINESS 10. DATE AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETING 11. ADJOURN Attendance is open to the interested public but limited to space availability. With the approval of the chairman, members of the public may present oral statements at the meeting. Persons wishing to present statements or obtain information should contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. Members of the public may present a written statement to the committee at any time. Issued in Washington, DC on March 19, 2018. Michelle Swearingen, Systems and Equipment Standards Branch, AIR–6B0, Policy and Innovation Division, AIR–600, Federal Aviation Administration. [FR Doc. 2018–05808 Filed 3–21–18; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2017–0057] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Hearing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of final disposition. AGENCY: Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 I. Electronic Access You may see all the comments online through the Federal Document Management System (FDMS) at: http:// www.regulations.gov. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to http:// www.regulations.gov and/or Room W12–140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to http://www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL–14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at http://www.dot.gov/ privacy. II. Background BILLING CODE 4910–13–P PO 00000 FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 46 individuals from the hearing requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce. The exemptions enable these hard of hearing and deaf individuals to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. DATES: The exemptions were applicable on February 19, 2018. The exemptions expire on February 19, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Christine A. Hydock, Chief, Medical Programs Division, (202) 366–4001, fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W64–224, Washington, DC 20590–0001. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement 
(EIS) for Proposed Capacity Enhancements and Other Improvements at 
Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, 
NC

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

ACTION: Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS, open a public scoping 
comment period, and hold agency and public scoping meetings.

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SUMMARY: This Notice provides information to Federal, state, and local 
agencies; Native American tribes; and other interested persons 
regarding the FAA's intent to prepare an EIS to evaluate the potential 
impacts of the City of Charlotte Aviation Department's (Department's) 
proposal to construct capacity enhancements and other improvements at 
Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, NC. The 
Department has initially identified the following four main elements of 
the Proposed Action: (1) Fourth Parallel Runway 1-19 and End-Around 
Taxiways; (2) Concourse B and Ramp Expansion; (3) Concourse C and Ramp 
Expansion; and (4) Daily North Parking Deck. The EIS will evaluate the 
potential direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts that 
may result from the Proposed Action, including related activities and 
actions connected to the Proposed Action. To ensure that all 
significant issues related to the Proposed Action are identified, two 
(2) public scoping meetings and two (2) governmental agency scoping 
meetings will be held.
    The FAA is the lead agency for the preparation of the EIS. 
Cooperating Agencies will be identified during the agency scoping 
process. The FAA intends to use the preparation of this EIS to comply 
with other applicable environmental laws and regulations as identified 
through the environmental analysis. The FAA will provide more specific 
public notice of the environmental laws, regulations and executive 
orders being satisfied through the EIS as the environmental 
consequences of the proposed project and its alternatives are better 
understood.

DATES: The FAA invites interested agencies, organizations, Native 
American tribes, and members of the public to submit comments or 
suggestions to assist in identifying significant environmental issues 
and in determining the appropriate scope of the EIS. The public scoping 
comment period starts with the publication of this Notice in the 
Federal Register. Comments must be received by May 7, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Comments, statements, or questions concerning the EIS scope 
or process should be mailed to: Ms. Kristi Ashley, FAA Environmental 
Specialist, Memphis Airports District Office, 2600 Thousand Oaks Blvd., 
Suite 2250, Memphis, TN 38118. Comments can also be sent by email to 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of this notice is to inform 
Federal, state and local government agencies and the public of the 
intent to prepare an EIS and to conduct public and agency scoping 
process. Information, data, opinions and comments obtained throughout 
the scoping process will be considered in preparing the draft EIS.
    The FAA will prepare the EIS in accordance with the National 
Environmental Policy Act (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), FAA Order 1050.1F, Environmental Impacts: Policies and 
Procedures, and FAA Order 5050.4B, National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA) Implementing Instructions for Airport Actions.
    The EIS will evaluate the potential impacts of the Department's 
proposal to construct capacity enhancements and other improvements at 
Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina. 
The Department has initially identified the following four main 
elements of the Proposed Action: (1) Fourth Parallel Runway 1-19 and 
End-Around Taxiways; (2) Concourse B and Ramp Expansion; (3) Concourse 
C and Ramp Expansion; and (4) Daily North Parking Deck. The Fourth 
Parallel Runway I-19 and End-around Taxiways would entail construction 
of an approximately 12,000-foot runway located between existing Runway 
18C-36C and Runway 18R-36L, along with associated taxiways (partial 
north End-Around Taxiway, full south End-Around Taxiway, parallel, 
high-speed exit and connector taxiways). Construction of the new runway 
along with terminal and ramp expansion projects would require the 
decommissioning of Runway 5-23 and relocation of West Boulevard. The 
Concourse B and Ramp Expansion would entail extending Concourse B to 
the west, creating 10-12 additional gates. The Concourse C and Ramp 
Expansion would entail extending Concourse C to the east, creating 10-
12 additional gates. The Daily North Parking Deck would entail 
construction of a parking deck north of passenger terminal parking 
facilities.
    Within the EIS, the FAA proposes to consider a range of reasonable 
alternatives that could potentially meet the purpose and need for the 
project being proposed at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The 
EIS will include the evaluation of a No Action Alternative and other 
reasonable alternatives that may be identified, such as use of other 
airports or other modes of transportation, during the NEPA process, 
including scoping.
    The potential environmental impacts of all proposed construction 
and operational activities will be analyzed in the EIS. The EIS will 
evaluate the potential environmental impacts associated with air 
quality; biological resources (including fish, wildlife, and plants); 
climate; properties protected under 49 U.S.C. 303(c), known as 
``Section 4(f)'' of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 
(including publicly owned parks, recreational areas, wildlife and 
waterfowl refuges, and public and private historic sites); farmlands; 
ground transportation; hazardous materials, solid waste, and pollution 
prevention; historical, architectural, archeological, and cultural 
resources; land use; natural resources and energy supply; noise and 
noise-compatible land use; socioeconomics, environmental justice, and 
children's health and safety risks; visual effects; water resources 
(including wetlands, floodplains, surface waters, groundwater, and Wild 
and Scenic rivers). This analysis will include an evaluation of 
potential direct and indirect impacts, and will account for cumulative 
impacts from other relevant activities in the vicinity of the Charlotte 
Douglas International Airport.
    Public and agency scoping meetings will be conducted to identify 
any significant issues associated with the Proposed Action. Two 
governmental agency scoping meetings for Federal, state, and local 
regulatory agencies which have jurisdiction by law or special expertise 
with respect to any potential environmental impacts associated with the 
Proposed Action will be held in Raleigh and Charlotte, NC.
    Two public scoping meetings for the general public will be held to 
solicit input on potential issues that may need to be considered in the 
EIS. The first

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public scoping meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 
2018 at the Embassy Suites located at 4800 S. Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 
28217. The second public scoping meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on 
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the West Mecklenburg High School Cafeteria, 
located at 7400 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC 28214. For both meetings, 
the format will include an open-house workshop followed by a public 
comment period. During the public comment period, members of the public 
may provide up to a 3-minute statement. Oral comments will be 
transcribed by a stenographer. All comments received during the 45-day 
scoping comment period be considered in the preparation of the EIS, 
regardless of whether the comment is provided orally or in writing.
    More information on the Proposed Action and the NEPA process is 
available on the project website at: www.clteis.com.

    Issued in Memphis, TN, on March 12, 2018.
Phillip J. Braden,
Manager, Memphis Airports District Office, Southern Region.
[FR Doc. 2018-05583 Filed 3-21-18; 8:45 am]
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