WOODBINE – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation is beginning the licensing process for the operation of a commercial spaceport in Camden County.

The federal agency has issued an intent to prepare an environmental impact statement, open a public scoping period and hold a public scoping meeting in Camden County. The impact statement will focus on the proposed construction and operation of Spaceport Camden, a commercial space launch site.

The site is the old Thiokol chemical plant some 11.5 miles due east of Woodbine.

The FAA must issue a launch site operator license in order for the Camden County Commission to offer the site to commercial launch providers. The license will be for launching liquid-fueled, medium-lift-class, orbital and suborbital vertical launch vehicles.

Camden County Administrator Steve Howard said the announcement is another milestone in moving forward with the project.

“The results of the environmental impact statement will give us critical facts and analysis on potential impacts and ensure there are no unintended consequences on our local citizens,” Howard said.

The FAA will host a public scoping meeting from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Camden County Public Services Authority Recreation Center, 1050 Wildcat Drive, Kingsland.

The FAA will provide a short overview of the environmental process followed by a public comment period from 6:15 to 8 p.m., during which time members of the public may provide statements of up to two-minutes.

Comments, statements or questions concerning scoping issues or the environmental impact study should be mailed to: Ms. Stacey M. Zee, FAA Environmental Specialist, Spaceport Camden County EIS, c/o Leidos, 20201 Century Blvd., Suite 105, Germantown, MD 20874.

Comments can also be sent by email to FAACamdenSpaceportEIS@Leidos.com.

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