The Role of the Airport Sponsor in Airport Planning and Environmental Reviews of Proposed Development Projects Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and State Mini-NEPA Laws

Compliance with the environmental review process in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for airport development projects is the responsibility of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). It is the airport sponsor who identifies, defines, and determines the purpose and need of the proposed action and, therefore, plays a significant role in the NEPA process. The steps of the environmental review in the NEPA process require the FAA and the airport sponsor to work together and coordinate, with specific responsibilities for each. There also may be third parties with whom there needs to be coordination. The level of environmental review varies by the type of airport development and/or based on the NEPA action. In addition to the different types of reviews and/or action items, there are state regulations that are similar and referred to as “mini-NEPA” statutes. This digest provides a summary of relevant federal and state statutes and regulations, the different stages of the NEPA environmental review and actions, “special-purpose” environmental laws, and the roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders. Interspersed throughout the digest are specific project survey results relating to the specific topic being addressed. This will be useful to those individuals with responsibility at any stage of the NEPA process, to ensure that the process is done most effectively.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 61p
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01527139
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309283861
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ACRP Project 11-01
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 30 2014 2:38PM