Public Notice June 27, 2014

PUBLIC NOTICE

WASHINGTON DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR
THE DULLES SUBSTATION EXPANSION
NOW AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AND COMMENT

Virginia Electric and Power Company, doing business as Dominion Virginia Power (Dominion) is requesting a real estate easement for construction associated with the expansion of an existing substation and construction of six new underground distribution circuits which will extend from the new substation facility northward for a maximum of 1,325 feet, connecting to the existing regional distribution network.  The proposed construction area will be located on a 11.96 acre parcel on Washington Dulles International Airport, which includes a 2.81 acre substation expansion area to the east of the existing substation.

As an integral part of the planning for this project, a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) was prepared to evaluate existing conditions and potential environmental effects.  The Draft EA addresses the environmental consequences of the Proposed Action (Build Alternatives) and the No Action Alternative, as well as other issues including water quality, historic, architectural, archaeological and cultural resources, and wetlands.  The Draft EA was prepared and comments are requested in conformance with the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Beginning July 3, 2014, copies of the Draft Environmental Assessment are being made available for public review and comment at the following libraries: Sterling Library (120 Enterprise St., Sterling, VA), Chantilly Regional Library (4000 Stringfellow Rd., Chantilly, VA), and Centreville Regional Library (1400 St. Germain Dr., Centreville, VA).  Copies of the draft Environmental Assessment are also available for review, by appointment, at the Federal Aviation Administration Washington Airports District Office, 23723 Air Freight Lane, Dulles, VA, (703) 661-1365, and at the Airport Manager’s Office located on the baggage claim level of the Main Terminal at Washington Dulles International Airport (703) 572-2710.

The Draft EA can also be reviewed by clicking here (PDF Document).

This public review and comment period is also being conducted pursuant to the MWAA’s 1987 Programmatic Memorandum  of Agreement with the Virginia State Historic Preservation Officer and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (as regards Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 – 36 CFR 800).

Written comments on the Draft EA may be submitted to Erik Schwenke, Planning Department, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, One Aviation Circle, Ronald Washington National Airport, Washington, DC 20001-6000, or by e-mail to environmental.comments@mwaa.com.  All comments must be received no later than 5:00 PM August 4, 2014.