Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority

Dulles International Airport

Dulles New Runways Environmental Impact Statement - Study Team

The development of the Environmental Impact Statement has been a cooperative effort between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA). URS Corporation, a full service airport environmental, planning and engineering/design firm was selected by the FAA to assist them in the preparation of the study.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Study Manager: Joseph Delia
The EIS was prepared under the direct control of the FAA. The FAA makes the ultimate decision regarding the preferred alternative.

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA)
Study Manager: Charles Baummer
The purpose of this group is to plan, provide and actively manage world-class access to the global aviation system in a way that anticipates and serves the needs of the Metropolitan Washington DC region. Governed by a 13-member Board of Directors with five members appointed by the Governor of Virginia, three by the Mayor of the District of Columbia, two by the Governor of Maryland and three by the President of the United States, the Airports Authority operates a two-airport system that provides domestic and international air service. The Airports Authority is self-supporting, using aircraft landing fees and revenues from concessions to fund operating expenses. The Authority is not taxpayer-funded.

URS Corporation 
Study Manager: Allan Nagy

URS Corporation was selected by the FAA to assist the FAA in the acquisition of data, evaluation of potential impacts and preparation of the Draft and Final EIS documents. The URS team is comprised of URS staff and their sub consultants: Community Awareness Services, Cordell & Crumley Communication Strategists, Crown Consulting, Environmental Specialties Group, Inc., Hayes Planning Associates, and Wyle Laboratories.

Cooperating Agencies
A cooperating agency is an agency that has jurisdiction by law or special expertise regarding any environmental impact resulting from a proposed project or reasonable alternative. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer (USACE) was invited by the FAA to participate as cooperating agency for this EIS.

The goal of involving various agencies was to ensure that the FAA was assisted in the preparation of the EIS such that the document contained all the information each cooperating agency needs to fulfill its NEPA responsibilities and for the agencies to make independent decisions on resources and issues under their respective purview(s). As such, the USACE began participation in the NEPA process at the earliest appropriate time. Their actions have included making staff support available, exchanging relevant information throughout the EIS process, submitting independent recommendations, and assisting the FAA in developing responses to "designated resource" comments received on the Draft and Final EIS. The USACE was not responsible however, for the actual preparation of any portion of the EIS or related technical reports.