Process and Requirements
NEPA and the CEQ Regulations, in describing the public involvement process, require federal agencies to:
Consider environmental information in their decision-making process;
Solicit appropriate information from the public;
Fully assess and disclose potential environmental impacts resulting from the proposed action and alternatives; and
Provide the public with this information and allow it to comment on these findings.
The FAA must provide pertinent information to the public, affected communities, and agencies and consider their comments at the earliest appropriate time and early in the process of preparing an EIS.
For the LGA Access Improvement Project EIS, the FAA has initiated stakeholder coordination and anticipates additional stakeholder and community involvement throughout the EIS process. Specifically:
FAA initiated agency coordination in August 2018
Cooperating and participating agency meetings in February and March 2019
Community leadership/organization meetings in April 2019
Establishing project website/email
Public meetings will be held on June 5 and 6, 2019, during the scoping process
Public workshops planned for Fall 2019 on Purpose and Need/Alternatives
Public workshops and meetings on Draft EIS
FAA's Community Involvement Policy
FAA has a community involvement policy (FAA-EE-90-03, August 1990) that recognizes community involvement as an essential part of FAA programs and decisions. The Office of the Associate Administrator for Airports (ARP), like each FAA office, must incorporate open, effective community involvement to achieve the following goals and tasks:
Provide active, early, and continuous public involvement and reasonable public access to information that accurately describes a proposed project and its environmental effects.
Ask for and consider public input on plans, proposals, alternatives, impacts, and mitigation.
Use public involvement techniques designed to meet the needs of different interest groups and individuals.
Promote an active public role to lessen potentially adverse community reaction to agency actions needed for safe, efficient aviation.