The FAA released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for public review on Thursday, March 8, 2018. The public comment period to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement closed June 14, 2018. Over 15,000 comments were submitted from environmental groups, concerned American citizens, government agencies, and local taxpayers.
On May 5, 2020, the FAA announced that they were requiring Camden County to prepare a revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement in order to address Camden’s change to a spaceport focused on small launch vehicles, which fail at a much higher rate.
On September 11, 2020, the FAA announced it will completely reverse course and issue a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) with no further opportunities for the public to express concerns or comments. We can only assume this abrupt reversal occurred because of political pressure from Camden County’s lobbyists and attorneys in the wake of Executive Order 13927. The FEIS is expected to be released in conjunction with the Record of Decision in March 2021.
Here are a few of the notable comment letters that were submitted to the FAA in 2018.