July 11 Deadline for Public Comments on Massport Environmental Status and Planning Report for Hanscom Field


Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Public comments and questions about Massport’s recently released 2017 Environmental Status and Planning Report (ESPR) are due at the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office by this Thursday, July 11. All comments received by the deadline will be provided to the Secretary for review and included in the public record for the project.

In spite of its 2017 title date, this document was just released in mid-May this year and is the most up-to-date comprehensive report on environmental issues relating to Massport operations at Hanscom Field that have current or potential impact for residents of Bedford, Lexington, Concord, and Lincoln.

The report reviews the state of Hanscom Field between 2012 and 2019 and also predicts environmental impacts of airport operations and future construction projects on surrounding communities out to the year 2035.

The full document and all appendices can be viewed online at https://www.massport.com/massport/about-massport/project-environmental-filings/hanscom-field/.  Paperbound copies of the 560-page report have been placed in the Bedford, Lexington, Concord, and Lincoln public libraries.

Electronic Public Comment Submissions Preferred

All comments and questions about current and projected environmental impacts of Massport operations at Hanscom Field may be submitted by email to the MEPA Office environmental analyst assigned to this project, Alexander Strysky, at  alexander.strysky@mass.gov

Please reference 2017 ESPR – Massport/HANSCOM ~  EEA No. 5484/8696 in the subject line of your email.

Copies of email comments may also be forwarded to Stewart Dalzell, Massport’s Deputy Director of Environmental Planning and Permitting, at sdalzell@massport.com  .)
The MEPA Office has opened a new portal for public comments on its website if you prefer to log in/create an account to submit questions/comments online:  https://eeaonline.eea.state.ma.us/EEA/PublicComment/Landing/

Comments by Letter Must be Delivered in Boston by Thursday, July 11, 2019

Secretary Kathleen Theoharides
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Attn: MEPA Office, Alex Strysky
EEA No. 5484/8696
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114

Should you choose, your letter may also be cc’d to
Stewart Dalzell, Deputy Director
Massport Environmental Planning and Permitting
One Harborside Drive, Suite 200S
East Boston, MA  02128-2909

All comments received by the deadline July 11, 2019, will be provided to the Secretary for review and included in the public record for the project.

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