In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the FAA released and made available for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA) that has been prepared to consider the potential environmental impacts of the implementation of the Northern California Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex (NorCal OAPM) Project.
Early notice of the FAA’s intent to prepare an EA for the NorCal OAPM Project was issued on December 4, 2012. The Draft EA was released and made available for public review and comment on March 25, 2014. The public comment period for the Environmental Assessment closed on May 4, 2014.
The FAA issued a Finding of No Significant Impact and Record of Decision (FONSI-ROD) for the Project on August 7, 2014. The FAA received 255 letters that included 428 comments on the Draft EA. These comments and the responses prepared by the FAA are included in Appendix F to the Final EA. The FAA carefully considered all comments received and none warranted substantive revision of the EA. A list of minor changes to the Draft EA is included before Chapter 1 in the Final EA. A letter of concurrence with the FAA’s findings of no adverse effect under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act was received from the State Historic Preservation Officer for the State of California and is included in Appendix A.
The Final EA and FONSI-ROD are available here.