SUSTAINABLE AIRPORT
MASTER PLAN(SAMP)
ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW

Near-Term Projects

The first step of the SAMP Environmental Review called “scoping” is underway. This Online Open House is one way for you to provide input on the categories that could be addressed during Environmental Review.

SUSTAINABLE AIRPORT
MASTER PLAN(SAMP)
ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW

Near-Term Projects

The first step of the SAMP Environmental Review called “scoping” is underway. This Online Open House is one way for you to provide input on the categories that could be addressed during Environmental Review.

There are several other ways in which you may provide input. For more information about how to participate, please click here.

To read the more detailed, formal Scoping Information Packet, please click here.

The Port of Seattle has issued a Determination of Significance for this project. To Read the DS, please click here.

UPCOMING PUBLIC SCOPING EVENTS
All open houses will occur from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

September 10th
Highline College Student Union Building 8 (City of Des Moines)
2400 S 240th St, Des Moines, WA 98198

September 12th
New Holly Gathering Hall (City of Seattle – Beacon Hill)
7054 32nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

September 17th
Federal Way Community Center (City of Federal Way)
876 S 333rd St, Federal Way, WA 98003

September 19th
SeaTac Community Center (City of SeaTac)
13735 24th Ave S, SeaTac, WA 98168
Background

What Is The Sustainable Airport Master Plan (SAMP)?

The Central Puget Sound region is expected to grow by another one million people by 2035. The Sustainable Airport Master Plan (SAMP) is the blueprint for changes at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to meet future forecasted demand. On May 30 the Port launched a comprehensive, 16-week public awareness campaign to update the region on the status of the Airport’s Sustainable Airport Master Plan.

The SAMP includes Near-Term Projects for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) that are planned for construction by 2027 that are the focus of this environmental review, which is being conducted to comply with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The SAMP also includes a Long-Term Vision for Sea-Tac which includes projects that are not ripe for environmental review at this time, as they require further study and are not reasonably foreseeable. Before any of the Long-Term Vision projects are implemented, the appropriate environmental review process will be conducted. The Near-Term Projects (the Proposed Action) are the subject of a phased environmental review process to comply with SEPA. Port and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) anticipate conducting additional environmental review in the future regarding the Long-Term Vision projects identified in the SAMP.

The Port is now beginning extensive study about potential environmental impacts of SAMP, in compliance with State Environmental Protection (SEPA) and the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). These laws require ongoing public involvement. SAMP invites public input on what categories should be studied during the Environmental Review. A 60-day scoping comment period is now open to provide public and agency stakeholders the earliest possible opportunity to provide input about the range of environmental categories to be studied during the Environmental Review Process.

The Environmental Review will address all of the state and federal categories, which generally fall under one of the following topics:

  • Air Quality
  • Noise
  • Public Properties
  • Water Sources
  • Biological Resources
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Social

A complete list of the categories can be found by clicking here for SEPA and here for NEPA.

THE SCOPING PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
In the scoping public comment period, from July 30, 2018 – September 28, 2018, the Port asks the public to comment if these are the right categories, or if there are additional categories that should be studied.

Purpose and Need

The What and the Why

Purpose and Need statements are an essential part of the Environment Review process. The need defines the issue to be solved. The purpose is the solution to the problem. The purpose and need will be used to guide the development of alternatives to be studied during Environmental Review.
PURPOSE
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) is an essential transportation resource serving as the primary air transportation facility for the region. The purpose of Near-Term Projects is to improve operational efficiency, accommodate future growth, and to provide more capacity for fuel and bio fuel.
NEED
Five primary needs for the Near-Term Projects have been identified:

  • Insufficient passenger terminal capacity to accommodate projected passenger levels efficiently
  • Insufficient facilities to accommodate projected cargo levels efficiently
  • Non-compliance with Federal Aviation Administration airport design guidelines
  • Excessive aircraft delays on the airfield
  • Lack of fuel storage to meet projected demand and to meet Port of Seattle’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel initiative
Proposed Action

SAMP Near-Term Projects

The Proposed Action is to implement the first step of the SAMP, which recommends approximately 30 Near-Term Projects that will improve efficiency, safety, access to the airport, and support facilities for airlines and the airport.
Key elements of the Proposed Action include construction of a second terminal, a centralized maintenance campus, off-airport cargo handling facilities, realignment of airport roadways, and expansion of the fueling facilities.
The Proposed Action would accommodate up to approximately 477,000 annual aircraft operations and 56 million annual passengers.
Near-Term Projects will be complete or under construction by 2027.
Impacts

What Should Be Studied?

As part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Review Process and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the Proposed Action will be evaluated for environmental impacts in several different categories. The discussion below summarizes the key considerations for the environmental categories for both NEPA and SEPA.

Instructions:

We have grouped the subjects required by NEPA and SEPA into seven major categories. If you would like to suggest topics to be covered in a category, click on the category area below are write your suggestion in the space provided. If not, move to the next category.

For more information on the specific requirements, thresholds, and methodologies, see
FAA Order 1050.1F Desk Reference, FAA Order 5050.4B, and WAC 197-11-960.

Air Quality/Climate
Air Quality/Climate The construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects are likely to impact air quality and climate.

What air quality/climate issues should be studied in this Environmental Review?

Noise and Compatible Land Uses
Noise and Compatible Land Uses The construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects are likely to impact noise levels and adjacent land uses.

What noise or compatible land use issues should be studied in this Environmental Review?

Public Properties, Services, and Utilities
Public Properties, Services, and Utilities It is possible that during the environmental study that public services and utilities, historic, architectural, archeological, cultural, and Tribal resources could be impacted.

What public property or resources issues should be studied in this Environmental Review?

Water Resources
Water Resources The construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact our water resources.

What issues related to water resources should be studied in this Environmental Review?

Biological and Natural Resources
Biological and Natural Resources The construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact biological and natural resources.

What issues related to biological and natural resources should be studied in this Environmental Review?

Hazardous and Waste Materials
Hazardous and Waste Materials The construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact hazardous or waste materials.

What issues related to hazardous waste materials should be studied in this Environmental Review?

Social and Community Resources
Social and Community Resources The construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact social and community resources.

What issues related to social and community resources should be studied in this Environmental Review?

Air Quality/Climate The construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects are likely to impact air quality and climate.

What air quality/climate issues should be studied in this Environmental Review?

Noise and Compatible Land Uses The construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects are likely to impact noise levels and adjacent land uses.

What noise or compatible land use issues should be studied in this Environmental Review?

Public Properties, Services, and Utilities It is possible that during the environmental study that public services and utilities, historic, architectural, archeological, cultural, and Tribal resources could be impacted.

What issues related to public property or resources should be studied in this Environmental Review?

Water Resources The construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact our water resources.

What issues related to water resources that should be studied in this Environmental Review?

Biological and Natural Resources The construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact on biological and natural resources.

What issues related to biological and natural resources should be studied in this Environmental Review?

Hazardous and Waste Materials The construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact hazardous or waste materials.

What issues related to hazardous waste materials should be studied in this Environmental Review?

Social and Community Resources The construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact social and community resources.

What issues related to social and community resources should be studied in this Environmental Review?

Are There Any Other Impacts We Should be Looking at?

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