Accession Number : ADA613077


Title :   Supplemental Environmental Assessment to the U.S. Air Force February 1995 Environmental Assessment for the California Spaceport


Corporate Author : FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC


Personal Author(s) : Czelusniak, Daniel ; Johnson, Jaclyn ; Edwards, Andy ; Baker, Nicholas ; Barry, Shawna ; Cella, Emily ; Jones, Todd ; Pinkham, Gretchen ; Procopio, Elyse ; Schanel, Pam


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a613077.pdf


Report Date : Aug 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 54


Abstract : This Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) to the U.S. Air Force February 1995 Environmental Assessment for the California Spaceport (the 1995 EA) addresses the potential environmental impacts of the Proposed Action where the FAA would renew the Launch Site Operator License (LSO 01-005) to Spaceport Systems International (SSI) for the continued operation of the California Spaceport at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), California. The 1995 EA analyzed the potential environmental impacts of construction and operation of a commercial launch facility (which is now the California Spaceport) at VAFB, California. On May 2, 1995, the FAA published a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) that adopted the 1995 EA in the Federal Register. In September 1996 the FAA issued a Launch Site Operator License to SSI for operation i'faith California Spaceport at VAFB. This SEA summarizes the environmental analysis presented in the 1995 EA where the data and analysis remains substantially valid and provides new data and analysis where information presented in the 1995 EA is outdated. This SEA analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the Proposed Action and the No Action Alternative on air quality; biological resources (fish, wildlife, and plants); land use (including coastal resources); light emissions and visual resources; historical, architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources; Department of Transportation Act Section 4(f) properties; geology and soils; hazardous materials, pollution prevention, and solid waste; health and safety; noise; socioeconomics, environmental justice, children's environmental health and safety; and water resources (including floodplains and wetlands). Potential cumulative impacts of the Proposed Action are also addressed in this SEA. This SEA found that there would be no significant impacts to any of the resource areas analyzed as a result of renewing the Launch Site Operator License to SSI for the continued operation of the Californi


Descriptors :   *ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT , CALIFORNIA , CULTURAL RESOURCES , ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT , LAUNCHING SITES


Subject Categories : Environmental Health and Safety


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE