Final Environmental Assessment for Jacksonville Aviation Authority Launch Site Operator License at Cecil Field, Florida [open pdf - 12MB]
"The Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for Jacksonville Aviation Authority Launch Site Operator License at Cecil Field, Florida addresses the potential environmental impacts of the Proposed Action, where the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] would issue a Launch Site Operator License to Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) to operate a commercial launch facility at Cecil Field Airport (Cecil Field) in Duval County, Florida. The EA evaluates the impacts of launching two types of horizontal, reusable launch vehicles (RLV), including the Concept X and Concept Z vehicles. JAA proposes to support a maximum of 52 annual launches, including 48 launches of the Concept X vehicle and four launches of the Concept Z vehicle. Potential impacts of the Proposed Action and No Action Alternative were analyzed in the EA. Potential environmental impacts of successful launches include impacts to climate and air quality coastal resources; compatible land use; Department of Transportation Act, Section 4(t) resources farmlands; fish, wildlife, and plants; floodplains; hazardous materials, pollution prevention, and solid waste; historic, architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources; light emissions and visual resources; natural resources, energy supply, and sustainable design; noise; socioeconomics water quality; wetlands; wild and scenic rivers; children's environmental health and safety risks environmental justice; construction impacts; secondary (induced) impacts; airports/airport users airspace; and transportation. Potential cumulative impacts of the Proposed Action are also addressed in the EA. The EA found that there would be no significant impacts to any of the resource areas analyzed as a result of issuing a Launch Site Operator License to JAA. A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) has been included in the EA. The FAA responded to all comments received during the public review process in the Final EA."
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