Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
ACTION: Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Initiation of Public and Agency Scoping for the Haleakala National Park Air Tour Management Plan
SUMMARY: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS), began development of an Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) and associated Environmental Assessment (EA) for Haleakala National Park in February 2003. The ATMP is being established pursuant to the National Parks Air Tour Management Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-181) and its implementing regulations contained in Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 136, National Parks Air Tour Management. The objective of the ATMP is to develop acceptable and effective measures to mitigate or prevent the significant adverse impacts, if any, of commercial air tour operations upon the natural resources, cultural resources, and visitor experiences of Haleakala National Park.
The FAA and NPS have now decided to proceed with development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for this project. This decision is based on information received through the EA scoping process, the environmental analysis completed by the Agencies to date, the consideration of preliminary ATMP alternatives, and through consultations conducted pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
By this notice the FAA and NPS are initiating a 60-day scoping period for this EIS. This timeframe is provided due to the major holidays occurring during this public review period.
The FAA and NPS are now inviting the public, agencies, and other interested parties to provide written comments, suggestions, and input regarding the scope of issues and the identification of significant issues to be addressed in the EIS. Comments previously submitted in response to the EA scoping will not need to be re-submitted, as they will be considered as part of the EIS process and record. No additional scoping meetings are scheduled.
DATES: The 60-day scoping comment period will commence upon publication of this Notice. Please submit any written response you may have within 60 days from the date of this Notice or no later than January 16, 2007.
ADDRESSES: Please address your written comments to:
Docket Management System
Doc No. FAA-2006-26113
U.S. Department of Transportation
Room Plaza 401, 400 Seventh Street, SW.
Washington, DC 20590-0001
You must identify the docket number FAA-2006-26113 at the beginning of your comments. If you wish to receive confirmation that your comments were received, include a self-addressed, stamped postcard. You may review the public docket containing comments in person in the Dockets Office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Dockets Office is on the plaza level of the NASSIF Building at the Department of Transportation at the above address.
You may also submit comments and review the public docket on the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov by using the above docket number. Comments that were previously received in response to the EA scoping may also be reviewed at this website under Docket No. FAA-2004-17174.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter F. Ciesla, Air Tour Management Plan Program Manager, Executive Resource Staff, AWP-4, Federal Aviation Administration, Western-Pacific Region. Mailing address: P.O. Box 92007, Los Angeles, California 90009-2007. Telephone: (310) 725-3818. Street address: 15000 Aviation Boulevard, Lawndale, California 90261. Email: Pete.Ciesla@faa.gov. Park specific information can be obtained from Marilyn Parris, Superintendent, Haleakala National Park, Mile Marker 11, Crater Road, Kula, HI 96790. Telephone: (808) 572-4401. Email: Marilyn_H_Parris@nps.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In developing an ATMP and any associated rulemaking actions, the FAA is required to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), which calls on Federal agencies to consider environmental issues as part of their decision making process. For the purposes of compliance with NEPA on this project, the FAA is the Lead Agency and the NPS is a Cooperating Agency. The FAA ATMP Program Office and the NPS Natural Sounds Program Office are responsible for the overall implementation of the ATMP Program. Pete Ciesla is the FAAs principal program manager responsible for all parts of the EIS and performance of required consultation regarding cultural resources and endangered and threatened species. For the park, Superintendent Marilyn Parris is responsible for park operations and management and for recommending the draft and final EIS and Record of Decision to the NPS Pacific West Regional Director.
The EIS is being prepared in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1E, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, NPS Directors Order # 12: Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis, and Decision-making, and NPS Management Policies. The FAA is now inviting the public, agencies, and other interested parties to provide written comments, suggestions, and input regarding: (1) the scope, issues, and concerns related to the development of the ATMP for Haleakala National Park; (2) the scope of issues and the identification of significant issues regarding commercial air tours and their potential impacts to be addressed in the NEPA process; (3) the potential effects of commercial air tours on natural resources, congressionally designated wilderness, cultural resources, and the visitor experience; (4) preliminary ATMP alternatives; and, (5) past, present, and reasonably foreseeable future actions which, when considered with ATMP alternatives, may result in significant cumulative impacts. The FAA requests that comments be as specific as possible in response to actions that are being proposed under this notice.
Scoping documents that describe the Haleakala National Park ATMP project in greater detail and the preliminary ATMP alternatives under consideration are available at the following locations:
FAA Air Tour Management Plan Program Website,
Haleakala National Park, Mile Marker 11, Crater Road, Kula, HI 96790
National Park Service, Pacific West Region Honolulu Office, 300 Ala Moana Boulevard, Box 50165, Honolulu, HI 96850
Hawai`i State Library, Hawai`i Documents Center, 478 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
Hana Public and School Library, 4111 Hana Highway, Hana, HI 96713
Makawao Public Library, 1159 Makawao Avenue, Makawao, HI 96768
Kahului Public Library, 90 School Street, Kahului, HI 96732
Maui Community College Library, 310 Ka`ahumanu Avenue, Kahului, HI 96732
Kihei Public Library, 35 Waimahaihai Street, Kihei, HI 96753
Lahaina Public Library, 680 Wharf Street, Lahaina, HI 96761
Wailuku Public Library, 251 High Street, Wailuku, HI 96793
Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)