PURPOSE OF NOTICE: The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks public comments on a Draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed extension of Runway 12 and associated improvements at Virginia Tech-Montgomery Executive Airport located within the Town of Blacksburg, Virginia.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: March 14, 2012 through April 13, 2012
TYPE OF RESPONSE: DEQ is reviewing a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed runway extension as a component of the airport’s License Modification Application.
NAME OF AGENCY PROPOSING THE PROJECT: The Virginia Tech-Montgomery Regional Airport Authority has submitted a License Modification Application to Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV).
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Draft EA has been prepared to address the range of potential environmental impacts that could result from the implementation of the proposed extension of Runway 12 with a parallel taxiway and associated improvements. The EA describes potential impacts associated with the development actions of the 2010 Airport Layout Plan, which includes a 1,870-foot runway extension, relocation of navigational aides and fueling facilities, and removal of structures and tree obstructions.
HOW A DECISION IS MADE: DEQ’s Office of Environmental Impact Review coordinates the Commonwealth's response to environmental documents for proposed state and federal projects. DEQ distributes the documents to appropriate state agencies, planning districts and localities for their review and comment. Upon consideration of all comments, DEQ prepares a single state response.
HOW TO COMMENT: DEQ accepts comments from the public by e-mail, fax, or U.S. Mail (see below). All comments must include the name, address, and telephone number of the person commenting and be received by DEQ within the comment period. The public may review the project documents at DEQ’s Central Office in Richmond (below) and at the following locations:
- Virginia Tech-Montgomery Executive Airport, 1601 Tech Center Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24060j
- Blacksburg Public Library, 200 Miller Street, Blacksburg, Virginia 24060
- Virginia Department of Aviation, 5702 Gulfstream Road, Richmond, Virginia 23250
- Federal Aviation Administration, Washington Airports District Office, 23723 Air Freight Lane, Suite 210, Dulles, Virginia 20166
- DEQ Central Office, 629 East Main Street, Room 646, Richmond, VA 23219
A Joint Public Hearing on the Draft EA will be hosted by DEQ in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and DOAV for the purposes of compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and State licensing requirements (Section 5.1 of the Code of Virginia). Anyone desiring to be heard in support of, or in opposition to, this proposed action may attend and have their comments considered by DEQ and DoAv.
Date: March 28, 2012
Time: Informational Workshop between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Public Hearing beginning at 7:00 PM
Location: Virginia Tech-Montgomery Executive Airport
1601 Tech Center Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24060
CONTACT FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS, DOCUMENT REQUESTS, AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Ellie Irons, Program Manager, Environmental Impact Review, Department of Environmental Quality, (804) 698-4325, (804) 698-4319 (fax),Ellie.Irons@deq.virginia.gov OR Julia Wellman, EIR Coordinator,Office of Environmental Impact Review,Department of Environmental Quality, (804) 698-4326, (804) 698-4319 (fax),Julia.Wellman@deq.virginia.gov. See contact information below for mailing address.