Sustainable Airport Master Plan (SAMP)
Near-Term projects
environmental review

Sustainable Airport Master Plan (SAMP)
Near-Term projects
environmental review

“Scoping” is the first step in the SAMP Near-Term Project environmental review. This Online Open House is one way for you to provide input on the scope of issues that will be addressed in the environmental review document, the potential environmental effects of the Near-Term Projects, or reasonable alternatives.

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)

* Attendees can park at Highline College’s East, North or South Parking Lot. Port staff will be positioned at each lot’s parking pay station to distribute free visitor parking passes to attendees.

September 12th
New Holly Gathering Hall (City of Seattle – Beacon Hill)

September 17th
Federal Way Community Center (City of Federal Way)

September 19th
SeaTac Community Center (City of SeaTac)

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 the 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 SAMP.

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. 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, additional planning studies and the appropriate environmental review process will be conducted.

The Port is now beginning extensive study about potential environmental impacts of SAMP Near-Term Projects, in compliance with State Environmental Protection (SEPA) and the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). These laws require public involvement. The Port and FAA invite the public to provide input on the scope of issues that will be addressed in the environmental review document, the potential environmental effects of the Near-Term Projects, and reasonable alternatives. A 60-day scoping comment period is now open to provide public and agency stakeholders the earliest possible opportunity to provide input during the environmental review process.

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

THE SCOPING PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
During the scoping public comment period from July 30, 2018 through September 28, 2018, the Port and FAA asks the public to provide comment provide input on the scope of issues that will be addressed in the environmental review document, the potential environmental effects of the Near-Term Projects, and reasonable alternatives.

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, including sustainable aviation 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 Near Term projects identified in the SAMP, which include approximately 30 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 twelve major categories. If you would like to provide input, click on the category area below and 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 and Climate

Air Quality and ClimateThe construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact air quality and climate.

What issues related to air quality and climate should be studied in this environmental review?

Biological Resources

Biological ResourcesThe construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact biological resources.

What issues related to biological resources should be studied in this environmental review?

Climate

ClimateThe construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact climate.

What issues related to climate should be studied in this environmental review?

Hazardous Materials, Solid Waste, and Pollution Prevention

Hazardous Materials, Solid Waste, and Pollution PreventionThe construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may generate hazardous materials and solid waste.

What issues related to hazardous materials, solid waste, and pollution prevention should be studied in this environmental review?

Historical, Architectural, Archeological, and Cultural Resources

Historical, Architectural, Archeological, and Cultural ResourcesThe construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact historical, architectural, archeological, and cultural resources.

What issues related to historical, architectural, archeological, and cultural resources should be studied in this environmental review?

Land Use

Land UseThe construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact land use.

What issues related to land use should be studied in this environmental review?

Natural Resources and Energy Supply

Natural Resources and Energy SupplyThe construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact natural resources and energy supply.

What issues related to natural resources and energy supply should be studied in this environmental review?

Noise and Noise-Compatible Land Use

Noise and Noise-Compatible Land UsesThe construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact noise levels and adjacent land uses.

What issues related to noise and noise-compatible land use should be studied in this environmental review?

Socioeconomic, Environmental Justice, and Children's Environmental Health and Safety Risks

Socioeconomic, Environmental Justice, and Children's Environmental Health and Safety RisksThe construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact socioeconomics, environmental justice, and children’s environmental health and safety.

What issues related to socioeconomics, environmental justice, and children’s environmental health and safety risks should be studied in this environmental review?

Visual Effects

Visual EffectsThe construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact visual effects.

What issues related to visual effects should be studied in this environmental review?

Water Resources

Water Resources

What issues related to water resources should be studied in this environmental review?

Transportation

TransportationThe construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact transportation.

What issues related to transportation should be studied in this environmental review?

Air Quality and ClimateThe construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact air quality and climate.

What issues related to air quality and climate should be studied in this environmental review?

Biological ResourcesThe construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact biological resources.

What issues related to biological resources should be studied in this environmental review?

ClimateThe construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact climate.

What issues related to climate should be studied in this environmental review?

Hazardous Materials, Solid Waste, and Pollution PreventionThe construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may generate hazardous materials and solid waste.

What issues related to hazardous materials, solid waste, and pollution prevention should be studied in this environmental review?

Historical, Architectural, Archeological, and Cultural ResourcesThe construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact historical, architectural, archeological, and cultural resources.

What issues related to historical, architectural, archeological, and cultural resources should be studied in this environmental review?

Land UseThe construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact land use.

What issues related to land use should be studied in this environmental review?

Natural Resources and Energy SupplyThe construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact natural resources and energy supply.

What issues related to natural resources and energy supply should be studied in this environmental review?

Noise and Noise-Compatible Land UsesThe construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact noise levels and adjacent land uses.

What issues related to noise and noise-compatible land use should be studied in this environmental review?

Socioeconomic, Environmental Justice, and Children's Environmental Health and Safety RisksThe construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact socioeconomics, environmental justice, and children’s environmental health and safety.

What issues related to socioeconomics, environmental justice, and children’s environmental health and safety risks should be studied in this environmental review?

Visual EffectsThe construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact visual effects.

What issues related to visual effects should be studied in this environmental review?

Water Resources

What issues related to water resources should be studied in this environmental review?

TransportationThe construction and operation of the Near-Term Projects may impact transportation.

What issues related to transportation should be studied in this environmental review?

Are There Any Other Impacts We Should be Looking at?

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