Port Authority Responds To Rail Extension Questions
By Space Coast Daily // March 27, 2015
No decision on construction will be made until Final Environmental Statement is published
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – The Canaveral Port Authority responded to the Surface Transportation Board’s recent requests for information regarding its proposed rail extension project.
The Surface Transportation Board is the federal public agency selected to lead an extensive study and evaluation of the rail extension project, which will culminate in an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
This process of agency request and response by an applicant is a typical step in the environmental review process.
The Surface Transportation Board will use the information that CPA provides—as well as the information it gathered during the public scoping process that took place in late 2014, and other studies and analyses to be led by the Surface Transportation Board—to evaluate the potential environmental impact of the rail extension.
“This process is an independent, comprehensive and transparent review of the project’s potential environmental effects, and we are cooperating fully with the Surface Transportation Board as it gathers the information necessary to complete its review,” said John Walsh, chief executive officer of Canaveral Port Authority.
“The information that we have presented will help the Surface Transportation Board and the agencies cooperating in the environmental review process ensure we move forward with the best possible environmental protections. We believe the rail extension is not only important to the regional economy, but will benefit the environment by taking numerous trucks off of our local roads.”
After the issuance of the final scope of study, the Surface Transportation Board will prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
After the Draft EIS is issued, the Surface Transportation Board will hold public meetings and accept written comments from the public.
It will incorporate those comments, and its responses, into the Final EIS.
No decision on construction or operation of the rail extension will be made until the Final EIS is published.
The public may obtain updated and current information from the Surface Transportation Board by visiting the project website at PortCanaveralRailEIS.com
For more information about Port Canaveral, visit Portcanaveral.com
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