Press Release

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
1 Aviation Circle - Washington, DC 20001-6000 - (703) 417-8370 - Fax: (703) 417-8371

Tuesday, June 18, 2002

Public Scoping Workshop for the Proposed New Runways and Associated Improvements at the Dulles

 
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PUBLIC SCOPING WORKSHOP
FOR THE PROPOSED NEW RUNWAYS AND ASSOCIATED IMPROVEMENTS
AT WASHINGTON DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Dulles, Virginia, June 18, 2002 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in cooperation with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), invites the public to attend a Scoping Workshop on Wednesday, June 26 in Fairfax County at Westfield High School on at 4700 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly, Virginia or on Thursday, June 27 in Loudoun County at Farmwell Station Middle School at 44281 Gloucester Parkway, Ashburn, Virginia.

The public is encouraged to join study engineers and planners from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to share thoughts about the upcoming Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed new runway project at Washington Dulles International Airport. No formal presentation is planned.

The purpose of the scoping workshop is to solicit public input on the preparation of an EIS for proposed new air-carrier runways and related improvements at Dulles.
Scoping is an early and open process designed to determine the range of actions, alternatives, and potential impacts to be considered in an EIS, and to identify significant issues.

Representatives of the EIS Study Team, which includes aviation planners and engineers as well as environmental specialists from the FAA, MWAA and project consultants will be available to answer questions about the study. The public will be asked to consider and comment on potential project-related impacts to environmental

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resources. This will assist the EIS Study Team in their analyses on issues of local concern. The purpose of the new runways is to increase capacity and efficiency of the Airport to adequately meet current and future demand. Dulles served 18 million passengers in 2001 with approximately 400,000 aircraft operations. IAD currently has three runways. Two additional runways are proposed. The study area encompasses the area surrounding Washington Dulles International Airport. The scope of this study includes:

  •  Proposed New Runways

  •  Terminal Facilities

  •  Related Improvements

In addition to the Public Meetings, comments and other information relevant to the proposed study may be submitted my mail to Mr. Frank Smigelski, FAA, Washington Airports District Office, 23723 Air Freight Lane, Suite 210, Dulles, Virginia 20166. Mailed statements should be postmarked by July 12, 2002.

For those who may require special assistance with regard to access, sign interpretation or English translation to attend or participate in the meetings, please call Deborah Cordell at least 48 hours in advance of the meetings at 301-863-2474.

In addition to this EIS, there are several other environmental studies being undertaken by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. This notice is for the recently initiated EIS for new runways and associated improvements at Washington Dulles International Airport and is not associated with the ongoing Environmental Assessment (EA) for Tier 2 Improvements at the airport.