Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority

Dulles International Airport

Dulles New Runways Environmental Impact Statement - Public Meetings

Notice: All Public Meetings for this study have been completed.

PUBLIC HEARINGS AND WORKSHOPS – DRAFT EIS
COMPLETED FEBRUARY 22 & 23, 2005
Two identical public workshops and public hearings were conducted to share study results and garner public comment on the DEIS. The public workshops/public hearings were held February 22, 2005, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Farmwell Station Middle School (Loudoun County) and February 23, 2005, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Ormond Stone Middle School (Fairfax County).

Representatives of the FAA, MWAA and the URS consultant team were available to discuss the DEIS, findings and answer questions. A total of 125 participants from agencies and the public attended the workshops and hearings.

Presentation boards were used to show the most up-to-date alternatives evaluation including impacts to noise, air quality and wetlands. Comment forms, the latest newsletter and copies of the presentation boards were distributed at registration. A total of 18 attendees provided comments before a public hearing officer. Attendees were encouraged to provide written or verbal comments at the meeting or to mail their comment forms to the FAA Project Manager by March 7, 2005. Approximately 380 comment forms were received during the comment period.

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PUBLIC WORKSHOPS - ENVIRONMENTAL CONSEQUENCES
COMPLETED April 20 & 21, 2004

Two identical public workshops were conducted to introduce citizens to the environmental outcomes of the proposed alternatives. The public workshops were held on April 20, 2004, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Farmwell Station Middle School (Loudoun County) and on April 21, 2004, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Westfield High School (Fairfax County). There were 52 participants at the Farmwell Station Middle School workshop and 81 attendees at the Westfield High School workshop. Representatives of the FAA, MWAA and the URS consultant team were available to discuss the findings and answer questions.

The open-house workshops were designed to gather further public input in the EIS process and to present the preliminary environmental impacts. Presentation boards were used to show the most up-to-date alternatives evaluation including impacts to noise, air quality and wetlands. Comment forms, the latest newsletter and copies of the presentation boards were distributed at registration. Attendees were encouraged to provide written or verbal comments at the meeting or to mail their comment forms to the FAA Project Manager by May 7, 2004. Court reporters also were available at both meetings in order to record verbatim verbal comments.

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PUBLIC WORKSHOPS - ALTERNATIVES
COMPLETED October 7th & 8th, 2003
Two meetings were held, one in Loudoun County and one in Fairfax County to present the Purpose and Need for the two new runways, preliminary Alternatives under consideration and the Affected Environment. The Purpose and Need presents a justification for the proposed project. The preliminary alternatives have been developed out of information gathered from the Public Scoping Meetings held last year, past and present studies in the region, public and agency comments, and passenger and cargo traffic analyses, among other sources. The Affected Environment data represents the culmination of work accomplished over the last year to identify environmental and social/cultural resources in the EIS study area.

The first meeting, held at Farmwell Middle School in Loudoun County on 7 October 2003, attracted 81 citizens, double the number of the Scoping Meetings. The second meeting, held at Westfield High School in Fairfax County on 8 October 2003, attracted 75 citizens. Written and verbal statements were accepted at these two meetings.

A thank you letter was sent out to all who attended and the attendees were added to the study database to receive future mailings and invitations to meetings.

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PUBLIC WORKSHOPS - SCOPING
COMPLETED June 26th and 27th, 2002
The first phase in the EIS process was conducting "Scoping" meetings with agencies and the public. These meetings offered the public the opportunity to provide written and verbal inputs on the proposed project ensuring that the full range of issues were identified. The public was asked to suggest ideas, alternatives, concerns and expectations for the study.

The first meeting, held at Westfield High School in Fairfax County on 26 June 2002, attracted 78 people. The second meeting, held at Farmwell Middle School in Loudoun County on 27 June 2002, welcomed 42 persons. Written statements were accepted at these two meetings.

An Agency Scoping meeting held at the Dulles Marriott on 26 June 2002 involved 27 representatives from stakeholder agencies. During each meeting a video presentation was shown and attendees were invited to view study information and speak directly with study team members. All comments received, both verbal and written, were added to the public record, coded and analyzed. All comments received will be included verbatim in an Appendix to the Draft and Final EIS's.

A thank you letter was sent out to all who attended and the attendees were added to the study database to receive future mailings and invitations to meetings.