Draft Environmental Impact Report / Environmental Assessment

The Nantucket Memorial Airport Commission has submitted a Draft Environmental Impact Report / Environmental Assessment (DEIR/EA) for the airport’s Capital Improvement Plan to the Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs and the Federal Aviation Administration. This will continue review of the above-referenced project pursuant to the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act ("MEPA”) and the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”). 

The Capital Improvement Plan is the airport’s list of projects that are proposed to be implemented over the next several years. The projects include:

  • Decommission Runway 12-30 and Convert to Taxiway C
  • Relocate Taxiway G
  • Expand Marine Storage Facility
  • Construct South Apron Expansion 
  • Construct South Apron Noise Berm
  • Construct High-Speed Taxiway 
  • Replace Airfield Lighting Home-Run Cables
  • Relocate Stub Taxiways and Rehabilitate or Reconstruct Runway 6-24
  • Relocate Perimeter Road and Fence 
  • Construct Nobadeer Farm Crew Quarters 
  • Construct Ground Service Equipment Building

These projects are critical to ensuring the continued safe and efficient movement of people and goods through the airport and the island of Nantucket. None of the projects are proposed to increase or change the number, kinds, or flight patterns of aircraft using the airport.

The DEIR/EA is available here. On or before December 23, copies of the DEIR/EA may also be obtained from the Nantucket Memorial Airport – Administrative Offices at 14 Airport Road (508-325-5300), and may be viewed at the Town and County Building (16 Broad Street) or the Nantucket Atheneum (1 India Street). 

The formal MEPA comment period begins on December 23. Per the airport’s request, public comments will be received for 7 days beyond the normal 30-day comment period, until January 29, 2021. All persons wishing to formally comment on the project should write to the Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs, 100 Cambridge St., Suite 900, Boston, Massachusetts 02114, Attention: MEPA Office, or comment via email at MEPA@mass.gov, referencing the above project. 

The airport will hold a virtual public meeting on the project on Tuesday January 12 at 4 PM. REMOTE PARTICIPATION VIA ZOOM AND YOUTUBE Pursuant to Governor Baker’s March 12, 2020 Order Regarding Open Meeting Law (Attached) To review the instructions on how this public meeting will occur and how the public comment and participation will take place click on the link. Please refer to “New Public Participation Guidelines for ZOOM WEBINAR Meetings” section for the instructions for this meeting. https://www.nantucket-ma.gov/138/Boards-Commissions-Committees.. Or link directly to registration here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3-amHwr7Tratuxpo3N3NBg.