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October 2013: Kodiak Airport EIS Final Project Update Letter.

September 2013: FEIS Record of Decision (ROD) Signed.

August 2013: FEIS Released.

May 2013: FAA Project Update Letter Released.

October 2012: RELEASE OF DRAFT EIS FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AND PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED FOR KODIAK AIRPORT SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS.

May, July, August 2012: FAA Project Update Letter Released.

January 2012: Alaska Rare Plant Species Survey Report.

June 2010: Meetings with Agencies and Tribes.

September 2009: Field Work Completed.

Copies of the Public Presentation and Resource Agency Presentation have been posted to the website.

July 9, 2008: A Public Meeting was held in the Best Western in Kodiak, AK to review Runway Safety Area Alternatives.

KMXT Radio Interview about the FAA Kodiak Airport Runway Safety Areas (September 18, 2007).

KMXT Radio Interview about the FAA Kodiak Airport Expansion.

September 19, 2007: Public Meeting was held in Kodiak at the Sun'aq Tribal Center.

April 9, 2007: Scoping comment period ended. Thank you to everyone who submitted comments.

March 28, 2007: A public meeting was held in Kodiak to gather public comments.

February 2007: Scoping Process Started with a Public Scoping Meeting on March 28th, 2007 in the Harbor Room at the Kodiak Inn, Best Western in Kodiak, AK.

February 2007: The FAA published the Notice of Intent to produce an Environmental Impact Statement in the Federal Register.  The NOI serves to inform the public of the pending EIS project and marks the official start to project. View the NOI or visit the Federal Register

August 2006:
Project website launched.

Kodiak Fact: Two-thirds of the island has been set aside to form the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. (kodiakisland.net)

Kodiak Airport EIS Process Completed

Thank you for your involvement and interest in the Kodiak Airport Runway Safety Area Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  The FAA Alaskan Regional Administrator signed the Record of Decision last month, formally approving the advancement of the project. 

This formally concludes the EIS process and the runway safety area project is now clear to proceed with the final permitting, funding, mitigation, final design and construction. Construction of the project is scheduled to begin next summer and finish before the end of 2015.  As the project transitions to implementation, it will now be led by the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (ADOT&PF).  As the design and construction proceeds, if you have any questions, please contact Morgan Merritt ADOT&PF’s Kodiak Airport project manager.  He can be reached at morgan.merritt@alaska.gov or 907-269-0614. 

The final EIS, including the final mitigation plan, as well as the Record of Decision and other background documents can still be accessed on this page for your information.
Thank you again for your interest in this project.

Final EIS Record of Decision (ROD) Signed

The FAA Alaskan Regional Administrator signed the Record of Decision (ROD) on the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Runway Safety Area Project.  The ROD represents the formal approval required to proceed with the project.  With the finalized mitigation plan and a signed ROD in place, the proposed project can proceed with design and go to construction (expected to begin in 2014).

Final EIS Released

The FAA has just released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) documenting the potential environmental impacts of proposed improvements to the Runway Safety Areas at Kodiak Airport.  The FEIS was noticed in the Federal Register today - Friday, August 2, 2013.  Copies of the document are available at the following locations:
 

 
The next step in the process is for the FAA to issue the Record of Decision (ROD) for the project.  The ROD is the formal decision document that confirms federal approval of the FEIS and authorizes the project to proceed (based on the availability of funds).  
Thanks to everyone for their ongoing participation in this process.

 

ANILCA UPDATE

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is notifying the public of the availability of an Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) Section 810 Subsistence Evaluation and an ANILCA Title XI application and evaluation for proposed runway safety area improvements at the Kodiak Airport. As required by ANILCA Sections 810 and 1104, the FAA will hold public hearings in Kodiak, Alaska and Washington D.C. A public comment period for the 810 Evaluation and Title XI application will also occur.

Copies of the ANILCA Section 810 Evaluation or the supporting Draft EIS, including the ANILCA Title XI application can be access in the following ways:

Comments on the 810 Evaluation and/or the Title XI application should also be submitted to Leslie Grey using the above methods or on this website at http://www.kodiakairporteis.com/contacts/contact.htm.

 

Preparation of the Final EIS

Review of Public Comments and Preparation of the Final EIS

The public comment period on the Draft EIS closed on December 18th, and the FAA received a number of very good comments from both the public and agencies on the Draft EIS.  Over the next several months, the FAA will be working on responding to all comments received on the Draft EIS, with the responses being included in the Final EIS.  In the meantime, all comments received on the draft have been uploaded to this website for your reference.  The FAA hopes to have the Final EIS ready sometime in the summer.

Also over the next several months, the FAA will be working hard to develop and refine a plan to mitigate unavoidable significant environmental effects from the preferred alternatives. The process to develop a mitigation plan will include coordination with the regulatory agencies having jurisdiction over the lands and resources that would be affected.

Additionally, the FAA will be having an Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) Title XI hearing to receive comments on the potential impacts on those lands protected by ANILCA (in this case, the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge). 

Thank you for your ongoing participation in the project.

 

Welcome!

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and The Barnard Dunkelberg & Company Consulting Team welcome you to the Kodiak Airport Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Project Web site. This web site is provided as a tool to track progress and keep interested individuals involved in the latest developments regarding the EIS.

As the EIS process evolves we'll keep the site updated.  The generalized Project Schedule is available and will be updated as milestones are reached to show were we are currently at in the EIS process.  Additionally, you'll find Working Paper documentation, Contact Information, and other related EIS resources as well as other valuable information as they become available. Again, welcome to the Kodiak Airport EIS Project Web site and we look forward to keeping you informed and up-to-date during the tenure of the project.

Additionally, FAA Project Update Letters will be posted, which provide the current progress as well as status updates of the EIS.