Runway 4-22 Modifications at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND
FEDERAL CONSISTENCY CERTIFICATION
RUNWAY 4-22 MODIFICATIONS
RONALD REAGAN WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority proposes to undertake improvements to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The proposed project includes relocating the threshold of Runway 22 approximately 600 feet to the southwest. The relocation of the threshold will allow the establishment of up to 560 additional parking spaces in an existing inactive temporary lot at the south end of Runway 4-22 to replace those lost during construction of the additional parking decks for Garages A and B/C.

The Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to address the range of potential environmental impacts that could result from the implementation of the proposed projects. The Draft EA includes the systematic gathering of a comprehensive range of technical and scientific data, identification of a range of reasonable alternatives, analysis of potential economic, social and environmental impacts and development of mitigation measures to ensure consistency with the goals and objectives of such planning have been carried out by the community. It also includes an analysis of the effects of this proposal on the enforceable and advisory policies of the Virginia Coastal Resources Management Program (VCP). In addition, pursuant to the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) of 1972, as amended, a Federal Consistency Certification is required for this project. The federally permitted or licensed activity located in Tidewater Virginia must be conducted in a manner which is consistent with the enforceable Policies of the VCP. In accordance with public notification requirements, notice is hereby given that the proposed project would take place in Virginia's designated coastal management area.

A Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared for the proposed project. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the lead agency under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). A copy of the Draft EA, which includes the federal consistency certification, is available for public review during business hours at the following locations: Arlington County Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St, Arlington, VA 22201; Aurora Hills Branch Library, 735 S. 18th St, Arlington, VA, 22202; Department of Environmental Quality, 629 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219; and Federal Aviation Administration, Washington Airports District Office, 23723 Air Freight Lane, Suite 210, Dulles, Virginia, 20166. The Draft EA can also be reviewed at this link (PDF Document, 4.37MB).

Written comments on the Draft EA may be submitted to Charles Baummer, Planning Department, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, One Aviation Circle, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington, DC 20001-6000, or by e-mail to environmental.comments@mwaa.com. Written comments on the federal consistency certification may be submitted directly to Ms. Ellie Irons, Office of Environmental Impact Review, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, 629 East Main Street, 6th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219 or by e-mail to elirons@deq.virginia.gov. All comments must be received no later than 5:00 pm Eastern Time on January 11, 2008.