In 1990, the National Parks and Conservation Association (NPCA), et al brought suit against the FAA concerning the adequacy of the Environmental Impact Statement for the development of Cal Black Memorial Airport and the adequacy of a BLM Plan Amendment and land transfer process. In its July 7, 1993, decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, remanded the EIS decision back to the FAA and BLM for further environmental analysis of aircraft noise impacts to the recreational use of public lands and the BLM's plan amendment and transfer of land.
On November 17, 2008 the BLM issued the Monticello Field Office Record of Decision and Approved Resource Management Plan. The document provides guidance for the management of Federal lands administered by the BLM in San Juan County and a small portion of Grant County in southeast Utah and includes provisions for the disposal of the Cal Black Memorial Airport property.
The FAA Cal Black Memorial Airport SEIS addressed the requirements of the U.S. Court of Appeals findings. The scope of the SEIS included: (1) The measurement of actual aircraft noise levels in GCNRA and visitor survey, (2) an updated evaluation of existing and future aircraft noise levels; (3) a Section 4(f) evaluation using the updated noise analysis; and (4) an analysis on potential cumulative effects. FAA worked jointly with the US Bureau of Land Management, the US National Parks Service, Federal Agencies and the public during the Draft SEIS process. The FAA conducted scoping and environmental analysis, and a Draft SEIS was published on December 12, 2014 for a 45-day public review and comment period on December 12, 2014. The comment period included an opportunity to request a public hearing; however, no requests for a hearing were received.
Comments were received by various parties and an errata sheet was prepared to identify changes that were made to the Draft SEIS in response to the public input. Additionally, Appendix J was prepared to document each comment received as well as FAA’s response to each comment. These additional documents, in combination with the Draft SEIS, constitute the Final SEIS for the Replacement Airport at Halls Crossing. The Federal Aviation Administration will not issue a final decision on the Cal Black Memorial Airport project for a minimum of 30 days after the date that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register.
Copies of the Final SEIS may be viewed during regular business hours at the following locations: