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Port of Camas-Washougal Offers Public Review of Completed Environmental Assessment for Grove Field A

Port of Camas-Washougal Offers Public Review of Completed Environmental Assessment for Grove Field A

Thursday, June 30, 2011

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The Port of Camas-Washougal today announced the Grove Field Airport Environmental Assessment has been completed and it has become an official federal document through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A copy of this document is available on the port website:  http://portcw.com/index.php/projects/grove_field_environmental_assessment/.

According to Port Executive Director David Ripp, the Environmental Assessment public comment period is complete and this official document will remain unchanged. Although there is no public comment period for the Final Environmental Assessment, per the National Environmental Policy Act, at the port commission meeting on June 21, Port Commission President Bill Macrae-Smith announced a re-ordering of the agenda at the July 5 commission meeting to allow public comment on the Final Environmental Assessment, the Airport Layout Plan and the proposed FAA funding of Grove Field, prior to commissioner reports.  The public comment received will not be a part of the Final Environmental Assessment, rather it is intended for the port commission’s use in making management decisions regarding the airport.

The next step for the proposed improvements at Grove Field will be the official Finding of No Significant Impacts (FONSI), resulting from environmental analysis and interagency review during the environmental assessment process, which found the project has no significant impacts on the quality of the environment. The FONSI document includes the FAA responses to public comments on the draft environmental assessment.

According to WHPacific, the consulting firm hired by the port to manage the Grove Field analysis, a FONSI letter is being drafted and will soon be signed by the FAA. The port expects to receive this document within the next 7-10 days and it will immediately be posted to the port website.

“The receipt of the Environmental Assessment and FONSI and public input at the next commission meeting, will provide commissioners with important information needed to further discuss Grove Field’s status as an FAA-obligated airport,” said Port Executive Director David Ripp.

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