Replacement Terminal Environmental Assessment
5. Comments by the public and community groups have identified that the airport has not gone through any environmental reviews on past projects. Why aren’t the cumulative impacts of all of the projects at Trenton Mercer Airport considered?
The criticism of the Airport is that all of the permits to date have been segmented and an overall environmental analysis and impact of the airport has not been performed. The FAA oversees the environmental processes and NEPA permitting. Not including the Replacement Terminal EA, since 2014 there have been eight NEPA reviews that have been processed by the FAA for projects at TTN. Of those reviews, two were categorized by the FAA as an EA Short Form, six were categorized as CATEX with minimal impacts. The EA for the RPZ and Obstruction Removal at TTN is currently being reviewed by the FAA. All of the projects were reviewed by the FAA and took into account the cumulative impacts on the environment and each other. Each of the reviews and findings were published by the FAA. All of the reviews were performed by the staff of the FAA in the Harrisburg Airports District Office)
The comments from community groups implies that the airport has not been acting in good faith to obtain environmental permitting approvals. The airport coordinates with the FAA on a weekly basis from planning through construction on all projects and the FAA is aware of all of the work being performed at the airport. All projects have to go through an environmental review by the FAA in order to move forward - regardless of the funding source.
Researching other large projects in the region yielded several projects that required a CATEX including the reconstruction of I-95 (I-295) in Bucks County and Mercer County and the Route 1 NB ramp in Oxford Valley in Lower Makefield. One project requiring an EA was the Scudder Falls Bridge project spanning the Delaware River. One project requiring an EIS is the Northeast Corridor Rail Improvements.