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FAA to release Paine Field assessment Friday

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By Bill Sheets
Herald Writer
EVERETT -- The final environmental assessment for passenger air service at Paine Field is scheduled to be available online and in hard-copy at several locations Friday.
An official with the Federal Aviation Administration indicated Monday the report could be made available as early as Tuesday, but that didn't happen.
The report is not expected to be released until Friday, said Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman at the FAA's Northwest Mountain regional office in Renton.
The document responds to more than 900 comments submitted in January 2010 regarding an earlier study that concluded that flights would not significantly increase noise, auto traffic and air pollution around the airport.
A decision by the FAA on whether regular commercial flights may be approved at the Snohomish County-run airport is not expected until the end of the year. Horizon Air of Seattle and Allegiant Air of Las Vegas have asked to offer service from Paine Field.
No new hearings will be held, but written comments will be accepted through Oct. 14. Only those comments that pertain to the new section of the document -- the previous study was done in 2009 -- will be counted, according to the FAA.
The document is expected to be available at the following locations:
•Online at;
Snohomish County Planning and Development Services Customer Support Center, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett;
Snohomish County Airport (Paine Field) Administrative Offices, 3220 100th St. SW., Everett;
Mukilteo Public Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd., Mukilteo;
Everett Public Library (main), 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett;
Everett Public Library (Evergreen branch), 9512 Evergreen Way, Everett;
Lynnwood Public Library, 19200 44th Ave. W, Lynnwood;
Edmonds Public Library, 650 Main St., Edmonds;
Marysville Public Library, 6120 Grove St., Marysville.
Bill Sheets: 425-339-3439;
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