Press Release

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

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Dulles Runway Draft Environmental Study Released. Public Hearings To Be Held in February

 Contact: FAA Public Affairs Jim Peters
or Arlene Salac (718) 553-3015

Public Hearings Scheduled for Proposed New Runways at
Washington Dulles International Airport

Dulles, VA - January 11, 2005 -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for two new runways and related improvements at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) will be made available to the public beginning January 13, 2005.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) proposes to construct an additional north-south and east-west runway, parallel and connector taxiways, Tier 3 concourse development, and navigational aids. The two runway alternatives and a No-Build (or No-Action) alternative also have been evaluated in the DEIS.

The purpose of the DEIS is three-fold. First, the DEIS documents the need for additional airport infrastructure to satisfy the forecast aviation demand. Second, it analyzes multiple alternatives, including a No-Build scenario, and details the potential direct and indirect environmental effects of two reasonable build alternatives. Finally, the DEIS lists several measures to avoid, minimize and/or mitigate for the impacts associated with the proposed improvements at IAD.

An open house public workshop and hearing on the DEIS will be held at each of the following locations:

Loudoun County Fairfax County
February 22, 2005 February 23, 2005
Public Information Mtg: 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Public Information Mtg: 5 p.m.-8 p.m
Public Hearing: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Public Hearing: 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Farmwell Station Middle School Stone Middle School
44281 Gloucester Parkway 5500 Sully Park Drive
Ashburn, VA Centreville, VA

The purpose of the hearing is for FAA to receive public comments on the DEIS.

The DEIS will be made available for review January 13, 2005 at the locations listed below. The libraries will place the documents on reserve for public viewing; the document will not be able to leave the library. To view the document at MWAA or FAA offices, appointments should be made in advance. The complete DEIS also will be posted at that time on the MWAA website here.


Fairfax County:
Centreville Regional Library, Chantilly Regional Library, Great Falls Library, Herndon Fortnightly Library, Reston Regional Library, Fairfax City Regional Library, Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library

Loudoun County:
Ashburn Library, Rust Library, Middleburg Library, Purcellville Library, Sterling Library, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library

FAA Offices:
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Washington Airports District Office, 23723 Air Freight Lane, Suite 210, Dulles, VA, Phone: (703) 661-1364

MWAA Offices:
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Airport Manager's Office, Main Terminal Baggage Claim Level, Dulles, VA, Phone: (703) 572-2710

The FAA will accept comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement from January 21 until March 7, 2005. Publication in the Federal Register is anticipated on January 21, 2005. The public may submit verbal and written comments during the public hearing/workshop or may mail comments to the project manager, Brad Mehaffy, FAA, Washington Airports District Office, 23723 Air Freight Lane, Suite 210, Dulles, VA 20166. Verbal comments may be made publicly to the hearing officer at the public hearing or privately with a court reporter.

The FAA encourages all interested parties to provide comments concerning the scope and content of the DEIS. Comments should be as specific as possible and address the analysis of potential environmental impacts and the adequacy of the proposed action or merits of alternatives and the mitigation being considered. Reviewers should organize their participation so that it is meaningful and makes the agency aware of the viewer's interests and concerns using quotations and other specific references to the text of the DEIS and related documents. Matters that could have been raised with specificity during the DEIS comment period may not be considered if they are raised later in the decision process. This commenting procedure is intended to ensure that substantive comments and concerns are made available to the FAA in a timely manner so that the FAA has an opportunity to address them.

For citizens who require special assistance to attend or participate, please call Janette Crumley at least 48 hours before the meetings at 757-460-4183.

For more information about the study and to review the Draft document please click this link.