Final Environmental Assessment – LP3

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 10:45

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT, FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT/RECORD OF DECISION, FOR THE KODIAK LAUNCH COMPLEX LP-3 - KODIAK ISLAND, KODIAK ISLAND BOROUGH, ALASKA 

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Office of Commercial Space Transportation is announcing the availability of the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Kodiak Launch Complex (KLC) Launch Pad 3, Kodiak Island, Kodiak Island Borough, Alaska (Final EA). The EA was prepared to analyze the potential environmental impacts of the FAA modifying the Alaska Aerospace Corporation’s (AAC’s) Launch Site Operator License to include medium-lift launch capability at the KLC.  Note, the name of the KLC changed to the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska, effective April 21, 2015.  The Final EA and FONSI/ROD keep the name of KLC for continuity and ease of the reviewer. The existing Launch Site Operator License authorizes small-lift operations and the FAA would have to modify the current license to include AAC’s proposed expanded launch capabilities, which would also include the addition of new infrastructure to support the medium-lift launches, including a new launch pad. The FAA has determined that the proposed federal action will not significantly affect the quality of the human environment and that an Environmental Impact Statement is not necessary.

The FAA has posted the Final EA and FONSI/ROD on its website: http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ast/environmental/nepa_docs/review/operator/