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Environmental Assessment for the Proposed New Airport Traffic Control Tower


Pursuant to Title 49, United States Code, Section 47106(c)(1)(A), notice is hereby given that the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority (PMGAA) proposes to seek Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval of the proposed new Airport Traffic Control Tower at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA).

The Proposed Action includes the construction of a new tower on Airport property located approximately 410 feet to the northwest of the existing tower and the demolition of the existing tower. The new ATCT structure will be 194 feet Above Ground Level (AGL) to the top of the tower with a controller eye height of 164 feet AGL and a tower cab approximately 550 square feet in area. The Proposed Action is not anticipated to cause an increase in aircraft operations or result in a change to fleet mix or runway use.

A Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of the proposed action described above and has been prepared pursuant to the requirements of Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and Section 509(b)(5) of the Airport and Airway Improvement Act of 1982, as amended. The FAA is the Lead Agency to ensure compliance with NEPA for airport development actions. The Draft EA was prepared in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures; and FAA Order 5050.4B, NEPA Implementing Instructions for Airport Actions. Pursuant to the federal Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and the Department of Transportation Act, the Draft EA includes an analysis of prudent or feasible alternatives, potential impacts, and mitigation measures, as appropriate.

Beginning October 19, 2017, a copy of the Draft EA will be available for review here at http://www.gatewayairport.com or at the following locations during normal business hours through November 20, 2017:

Any written comments on the Draft EA should be submitted to the following address:

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority
5835 South Sossaman Road
Mesa, AZ 85212
Attn: Tony Bianchi
tbianchi@gatewayairport.com

The cutoff date for comment submission is not later than 5:00 PM – Mountain Standard Time, November 20, 2017. Please allow enough time for mailing. The PMGAA must receive the comments by the deadline, not simply be postmarked by that date.

Before including your name and telephone number, email, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment - including your personal identifying information - may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask FAA in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, FAA cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.

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