Under the provisions of the North Carolina Environmental Policy Act, each State Aid to Airports project shall be reviewed to determine if, and to what degree, assessment of the environmental impact of the project is required.  The Director of Aeronautics shall determine if the project requires full environmental assessment and coordination.  Should environmental assessment be necessary, the sponsor, which is the local government or airport authority currently operating or proposing to develop a publicly owned airport, seaplane port or heliport which shall be open to the public without restriction, shall prepare an assessment and circulate it to state agencies through the State Clearinghouse and to appropriate federal agencies through direct submission.  The sponsor shall then answer all substantive questions and comments and receive the concurrence of the commenting agency that the responses are acceptable.  Upon submission of the assessment and all comments, the Director of Aeronautics shall complete any further review and approvals needed.  The Secretary of Transportation shall then determine if State funds may be expended on the project within the provisions of the North Carolina Environmental Policy Act.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 63‑66; 63‑68; 113A‑4; 143B‑350(f),(g);

Eff. July 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. December 1, 1993; November 1, 1991.