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Environmental Assessment (EA)

Status: In Progress

Agency Point Of Contact Info
POC Name:
Stacey Zee
POC Title:
Environmental Protection Specialist
POC Email:

Public Participation Website: https://www.faa.gov/space/stakeholder_engagement/spacex_starship/

Description:

SpaceX proposes to conduct Starship/Super Heavy launch operations from the Boca Chica Launch Site in Cameron County, Texas. SpaceX must apply for and obtain an experimental permit(s) and/or a vehicle operator license from the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation to operate the Starship/Super Heavy launch vehicle. The proposed action includes test and launch operations, tank tests, nominal operational closures, anomaly response closures, and related infrastructure construction.

SpaceX plans to execute its Starship/Super Heavy program over the next several years. SpaceX may require a number of new or modified experimental permits or vehicle operator licenses issued from the FAA in order to execute the program. Thus, the FAA has drafted a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA), which evaluates the potential environmental impacts of the activities associated with SpaceX’s Starship/Super Heavy program. A programmatic document is a type of general, broad NEPA review from which subsequent NEPA documents can be tiered, focusing on the issues specific to the subsequent actions.

The completion of the environmental review process does not guarantee that the FAA will issue an experimental permit or vehicle operator license to SpaceX for Starship/Super Heavy launches at Boca Chica. SpaceX’s license application must also meet FAA safety, risk, and financial responsibility requirements per 14 CFR Chapter III.

FAA cannot issue a decision document, which could include a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or decision to initiate and environmental impact statement, until all consultations are complete.

Milestones:

Determination to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA)
Completed Date:
Issuance of a Draft EA / Release for Public Review
Completed Date:
Issuance of a Final EA
Current Target Date:
EA Process Concluded
Current Target Date:

Optional Milestones:

Optional Milestones
Section 4(f) Determination Issued by FAA
Completed Date:
Section 4(f) Concluded
Current Target Date: