In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) prepares environmental studies to identify the possible environmental impacts associated with its proposed development projects. The MAA makes copies of each draft document available to the public in an effort to obtain meaningful input regarding its proposed development, and holds public meetings during the open review period for each environmental document. The MAA responds to public questions and comments, and publishes its response in the final environmental document. The MAA must receive the approval of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on its final environmental document in order to receive federal funding for a proposed project.
Recent Environmental Documents
Martin State Airport
Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Proposed Dump Road Area Groundwater Plume Treatment Facility at Martin State Airport
BWI Marshall Airport
Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment for a Proposed Service Station Plaza at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
Notice of Public Scoping Meeting
Notice of Availability - Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) / Record of Decision for Airport Rail Station Improvements and Fourth Track Project at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Anne Arundel County, Maryland
Notice of Availability of Final EA/FONSI - Hotel Site Selection
The Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Baltimore District (as a Cooperating Agency) and in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, FAA Orders 1050.1E and 5050.4B, has completed a Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and the FAA issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) / Record of Decision (ROD) for the Proposed Airport Improvements at Baltimore / Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Marshall) in Linthicum, Maryland.
This FONSI/ROD sets forth the FAA final determinations and environmental approvals for the federal actions necessary to implement the Proposed Airport Improvements at BWI Marshall. The MAA is the sponsor of BWI Marshall.
The purpose of the Proposed Airport Improvements at BWI Marshall (the proposed action) is to allow BWI Marshall to continue to operate in a safe and efficient manner, to meet FAA design criteria, and to accommodate the Airport's current and future needs. Each of the proposed improvements is needed for one of the following reasons:
This FONSI/ROD completes a thorough and careful environmental decision making process. This includes public disclosure and review by the FAA decision maker of the analysis of alternatives and their potential impacts that are described in the April 2012 Final Environmental Assessment (FEA). This FONSI/ROD has been prepared and issued by FAA in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 USC § 4321, et seq.), its implementing regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508), and FAA directives (Orders 5050.4B, Airport Environmental Handbook and 1050.1E, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures).
This FONSI/ROD demonstrates and documents FAA's compliance with the procedural requirements for safety projects and other airport development. FAA arrived at these determinations by considering public and agency comments and reviewing the environmental analysis in the FEA and all other relevant documents that comprise the EA record. People interested in reading the Final Environmental Assessment for may make arrangements by calling the Manager, Environmental Planning in the MAA Office of Planning and Environmental Services at 410-859-7103 or click here
New Horizons, An Environmental Overview of BWI Airport
Environmental Assessment for Proposed MAA Development at BWI Airport (2000-2005)
The MAA published and distributed 75 copies of the draft environmental assessment on August 30, 2000. The two-volume document was distributed to the Maryland State Publications Depository Library Network, public officials, planning agencies, and to selected public library branches in Anne Arundel, Howard and Baltimore counties. The MAA accepted public questions and comments on the draft environmental assessment from August 30 to October 15, 2000, and held a public hearing on September 28, 2000, to invite comments from the public and answer any questions.
The MAA answered all questions and comments it received on the draft environmental assessment and furnished a copy to the FAA for approval on December 15, 2000. The FAA determined that the MAA had adequately addressed the potential environmental effects of the proposed projects and all public comments, and approved the environmental assessment on December 28, 2000. The final environmental assessment was distributed to all libraries, the Maryland State Publications Depository Library Network, public officials, and planning agencies that received the draft environmental assessment.
People interested in reading the approved Environmental Assessment for Proposed MAA Development at BWI Airport (2000-2005) may make arrangements by calling the Manager, Environmental Planning in the MAA Office of Planning and Environmental Services at 410-859-7103 or click here.
Environmental Assessment for Martin State Airport
ARCHEOLOGICAL INVESTIGATIONS FOR CONSOLIDATED RENTAL CAR FACILITY, BWI AIRPORT
As required under the National Historic Preservation act, the Maryland Aviation Administration undertook archeological investigations from 2000 to 2001 to retrieve as much information as possible from the Basil Smith Farmstead site that was associated with the early truck-farming industry in Maryland. The MAA has created some web pages that describe the results of investigations at this archeological site, which is located where BWI Airport's Consolidated Rental Car Facility now stands. To see what archeologists found at the site, click here.