Monday, July 16, 2001 FAA Releases Environmental Impact Statement "Best Practices" Guidance AAAE Regulatory Affairs On Friday, FAA headquarters released their promised "Guide to the Best Practices for Environmental Impact Statement Management". The 17 page guidance provides brief discussions and clarification on areas that have been cited to add time and confusion to projects. A copy is attached in Adobe PDF format. The guide comes as a follow up to Congress as one of the action items identified by FAA in their May "Report To The U.S. Congress On Environmental Review Of Airport Improvement Projects". (AAAE Regulatory Advisory, May 24, 2001, http://www.airportnet.org/depts/regulatory/advise/010524.htm ) Areas where guidance is offered include: FAA EIS Project Management, Early Project Planning, EIS Teams And Teamwork, Scoping An EIS, Interagency And Intra-Agency Coordination, and Combining Federal And State Environmental Processes. FAA is quick to point out that "The guide is intended to be flexible. Each and every practice may not be adopted for every EIS. The guide is not mandatory, and it is not a substitute for FAA environmental guidance in FAA Orders 1050 and 5050." BACKGROUND In May 2001, the Department of Transportation/Federal Aviation Administration issued a report to Congress on the environmental review of airport development projects. That report included six FAA initiatives to improve and streamline the environmental process to reduce unnecessary delays. The complete "Report To The U.S. Congress On Environmental Review Of Airport Improvement Projects" is available at http://www.airportnet.org/depts/environmental/faaenvrpt.pdf. The report states it's goal to "compile and issue a guide to best practices for environmental impact statement (EIS) management and preparation. Skilled approaches to EIS technical analyses, procedures, and coordination can reduce problems and delays. "Best Practices" include management techniques, approaches, and actions that can make the environmental process more streamlined and efficient."