Resources

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History

Newcomers to this issue should start here. One of the biggest mistakes people have is not understanding the history of the airport. Every time there has been an expansion of the airport it has caused tremendous upheaval for the communities. We keep having the same fight over and over again.


Site Description
Summary of Court Of Appeals decision and opinion on Class Action by homeowners regarding increased noise after 3rd Runway.
A State Initiative to charge a carbon tax on fossil fuels. Although it exempts both commercial marine and commercial jet fuels (bad) we nevertheless support this measure. If passed, the law affords large grant opportunities to heavily impacted communities. We expect that these grants will be highly competitive. It will therefore be necessary for airport cities to apply for and lobby for such grants.
Port Of Seattle public relations. Note all the Des Moines City Council: Dave Kaplan, Matt Pina, Robert Back, Jeremy Nutting.
A great general resource for information on all the airport communities. Unfortunately, much of the press coverage of previous airport expansions has not been digitized. So this is the best (and only) place to find newspaper articles going back decades. 196390-A 28th Ave. S. SeaTac, WA 98188
Start here.
Walt Crowley's labour of love. The best single source for people wanting to learn about the ongoing battles between communities and the airport.
Port of Seattle Commission adopts Sea-Tac International Airport's Master Plan Update, including a third runway and enhanced noise criteria, on August 1, 1996.
A list of court cases you can examine re. the 3rd Runway
Article on scandal involving former mayor Don Wasson's attempt to pack the city council and move forward with the 3rd Runway
For years, the Port of Seattle has promised that construction of a massive third runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport wouldn’t hurt surrounding streams and would actually be a boon to the environment. But since October, a string of oversights, accidents and intentional actions at the airport has allowed millions of gallons of muddy, oily or antifreeze-laden water to flow into nearby streams, including one occupied by spawning salmon, the state Department of Ecology said Tuesday...
The Washington State Judicial Opinions Website provides free public access to the precedential, published appellate decisions from the Washington State Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.
Companion Senate Bill 5225 Sponsored by Des Moines Representative Tina Orwall and Federal Way Representative Mikie Pelliccioti. Directing the completion of a study of certain environmental impacts, including ultrafine particulate emissions, associated with aircraft traffic in areas impacted by airport operations.
Companion House Bill 1171 Sponsored by Des Moines Senator Karen Keiser. Directing the completion of a study of certain environmental impacts, including ultrafine particulate emissions, associated with aircraft traffic in areas impacted by airport operations.
The Wikipedia entry for Sea-Tac Airport. A lot of basic information and links to learn even more.

Web Sites

Here are some web sites to learn more:


Site Description
This group is focused on improving the air quality inside airplanes.
A magazine for air cargo shippers. Provides technical and general information. Air cargo is an ever-growing piece of Sea-Tac's operations.
Information on all aspects of commercial aviation
Aviation news and information
A web site which makes it super easy to file noise complaints about Sea-Tac Airport. Sign-up is free, but there are also paid plans which make it even easier to use and allow you to get some good reporting.
A great article describing ANCA in broad strokes.
Stack Exchange started as a mega-platform for software developers to ask questions and get answers from 'the crowd'. It has since been expanded to include all sorts of activities. The Aviation wing is a great technical resource.
Offers a snapshot of how Des Moines (or any city) compares with others for Food, Housing, Crime, etc.
Listen to the KSEA (Sea-Tac) control tower.
An on-line crime reporting system using Google Maps. The default location in this link is for Des Moines, but you can enter any city or zip code to get markers for all recent activity.
The ICAO Aircraft Engine Emissions Databank contains information on exhaust emissions of production aircraft engines
The Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) Program is the FAA's principal environmental effort to accelerate the development of new aircraft and engine technologies and advance sustainable alternative jet fuels. Through the CLEEN Program, the FAA is a cost-sharing partner with industry. CLEEN projects develop technologies that will reduce noise, emissions, and fuel burn and enable the aviation industry to expedite integration of these technologies into current and future aircraft. CLEEN is a key element of the NextGen strategy to achieve environmental protection that allows for sustained aviation growth.
A great video describing the route of the light rail path from Angle Lake Station in SeaTac out to Federal Way at 320th
This company makes software that is used by Sea-Tac (and many other major airports) for flight tracking and noise monitoring.
A great general resource for information on all the airport communities. Unfortunately, much of the press coverage of previous airport expansions has not been digitized. So this is the best (and only) place to find newspaper articles going back decades. 196390-A 28th Ave. S. SeaTac, WA 98188
KKR are a law firm that specializes in airport law. They have a mailing list which publishes digests of relevant cases.
Environmental consultants. They prepared all recent Part 150 Studies and the 1996 EIS. They are also contracted to perform these same documents for the upcoming SAMP.
The SAMP consultants hired by SeaTac, Des Moines, Burien and Federal Way. See SeaTac Resolution #4971 06/26/2018 for more information.
The menus show the various noise management tools and environmental studies. Since LAX is a model for many of the tools and studies done at Sea-Tac it is well worth studying.
The Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) is a nonprofit organization that helps local governments across Washington State better serve their citizens by providing legal and policy guidance on any topic.
These regulations govern airports noise exposure maps and noise compatibility programs.
Regulations governing Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990
A list of basic statistics on SeaTac Airport and links to information useful for travellers.
A list of documents that are part of the StART. This implies that in the future it will contain other types of documents.
Fill out this form to make noise complaints. You can also call the Port Of Seattle Noise Program Office. Their telephone number is (206) 787-5393.
This is actually a Landrum & Brown site which stores all the documents they created and manage as part of their consulting with the Port of Seattle.
The Port Of Seattle's main site for information on all environmental review. The public can post comments here.
This is the place to get basic information and make public comments.
A forum consisting of the Port Of Seattle, FAA, City leaders and members of the public from the airport communities. Sign up for e-mail updates on this page.
Provides air quality monitoring stations throughout the region. Oddly, they are currently not testing air quality around Sea-Tac.
The most important government entity almost no one has heard of. A group of leaders representing the city's, counties and Port Of Seattle. It is they who ultimately decide on siting or expanding the airport.
A site explaining the negative impacts of the FAA's NextGen program. It is run by Vashon Island activist David Goebel which explain
RMI engages businesses, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs to accelerate the adoption of market-based solutions that cost-effectively shift from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables. We employ rigorous research, analysis, and whole-systems
A forum of King County cities and the Port Of Seattle which meets to plan transportation issues. Typically meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 9AM. Next meeting is June 19th!
The section of the State of Washington's legal code concerning SEPA
This is the place to enter your comments.
A series of videos by local activist Steve Edmiston. In each video he appears before the Port Of Seattle to give public comment and educate them as to the impacts of the airport on the surrounding communities.
These regulations govern airports, the FAA and include Part 150 and Part 161--which concern noise.
A pro-growth organization of businesses that support SeaTac. They're not on our team, but they provide useful information about the marketing message of the airport.
Puget Sound SR509 Gateway connecting the airport, 509, I-5, 167

Articles

Individual articles from various web sites and news outlets.


Site Description Date
Summary of Court Of Appeals decision and opinion on Class Action by homeowners regarding increased noise after 3rd Runway.2014-10-27
In less than three months, all International Civil Aviation Organization Council member states with aircraft operators undertaking international flights are expected to start compiling and transmitting their airlines’ carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions information to the Montreal-based body to ready its planned Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) for takeoff.2018-10-18
A glimpse of the new freighters and a chat about the ramifications of Alaska’s new capacity with Jason Berry, Alaska Air’s managing director of cargo.2018-07-11
Currently, about 425,000 tonnes of cargo moves through SEA per year. That amount of cargo traffic is a good fit for the airport’s facilities, as Green said, “You like about one square foot per metric tonne of cargo handled,” and the airport’s current cargo facilities include about 425,000 square feet of space. Eventually, the cargo […]2018-10-19
2018-09-13
A State Initiative to charge a carbon tax on fossil fuels. Although it exempts both commercial marine and commercial jet fuels (bad) we nevertheless support this measure. If passed, the law affords large grant opportunities to heavily impacted communities. We expect that these grants will be highly competitive. It will therefore be necessary for airport […]2018-11-06
02/06/182018-02-06
2018-10-20
Port Of Seattle public relations. Note all the Des Moines City Council: Dave Kaplan, Matt Pina, Robert Back, Jeremy Nutting.2014-08-14
Describes the effects of NextGen and Greener Skies on the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Most of this applies to the Sea-Tac communities.2013-03-13
This article discusses sources of cost per enplaned passenger (CPE), calculation of CPE, uses of CPE in airport finance, and current and potential efforts to supplement CPE with other financial metrics. CPE data in this article are extracted from a database updated from time to time.2015-03-15
If all goes as planned, three carriers will begin serving Everett with 24 daily flights.2018-09-29
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2018-07-17
Airplanes go by Bill Brough’s Marine Hills home about every 90 seconds, he says. Home values down.2015-08-31
Senate bill does not include noise mandates2018-08-09
The Worldwide Slot Guidelines (WSG) are the foundation upon which the global slot allocation process works for the benefit of airlines, airports and the passengers. IATA ensures it evolves with the industry to continue to optimize the use of scarce airport capacity for all. The WSG is built on the pillars of transparency, flexibility, certainty, […]2018-09-13
Excellent overview of this event, with lots of details on every aspect of the event.2018-08-19
06/26/18 The Port determined that building up four more floors on top of the current C gate terminal would be the most cost-effective measure. 2018-06-26
2018-08-27
The Port Of Seattle has consistently done a far better job with environmental mitigation at the Port than at the airport. This article discusses mitigations.2018-06-13
2018-01-29
2016-01-29
Any air carrier of commuter operator having the authority to conduct international operations shall be provided slots for those operations, excluding transborder service solely between HDR airports and Canada, subject to the following conditions and the other provisions of this section…2018-09-13
The attorney general of Maryland announced Tuesday that Kaplan Kirsch and Rockwell has been chosen to pursue action against the Federal Aviation Administration over its NextGen flight paths over Baltimore-Washington International, Thurgood Marshall Airport and Reagan National Airport.2017-10-31
This is a rather technical article. However it’s well worth reading as it provides an explanation as to why the toxic metals (Thorium, Beryllium, Ytterbium, Gadolinium, etc.) used to coat aircraft engines sloughs off, thus falling on areas under the flight paths.2018-09-13
Changes to FAA Re-authorization that affect Sea=Tac. One concerns Drones. The others concern us in terms of noise and pollution.2018-10-05
LAX is one of the most studied airports in the world.2014-05-29
2014-06-10
Perry Cooper interviews Rob Allen, Executive VP of Landrum & Brown, the consultants hired to prepare the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).2018-09-11
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2018 Contact: Rick Olson, 206.971.3050, rolson@psrc.org Puget Sound Regional Council to lead Regional Aviation Baseline Study SEATTLE – The Puget Sound Regional Council is receiving a $1.6 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for a new Regional Aviation Baseline Study. The Regional Aviation Baseline Study will provide a clear […]2018-09-20
An interview with Dave Kaplan. The new Business Park is discussed along with the desire for good partnerships with the Port Of Seattle.2018-09-19
04/25/20172018-04-25
This is the Expert Arbitration Panel’s Final Order on Demand/System Management Issues, In our July 27, 1995 Order, we determined that congestion pricing, gate controls and “high speed” rail are not “feasible”...2018-08-23
A Candid Survey of Local Government Officials and Agency Leaders. Shows why Sea-Tac activists -must- be more vocal in order to be heard.2018-08-27
2015-05-01
We’ve already been at work this spring and summer updating taxiways, replacing concrete panels, and other projects to improve safety and create upgrades where necessary. What comes next will be fixing expansion joints on the touchdown zones at each end of 16L/34R, relocating a taxiway connected to the runway, and upgrading the taxiways near the […]2018-09-13
2008-12-11
Article on scandal involving former mayor Don Wasson’s attempt to pack the city council and move forward with the 3rd Runway2018-09-23
A booming economy has Sea-Tac Airport trying to keep up and some neighbors are worrying about the impact.2018-09-01
For years, the Port of Seattle has promised that construction of a massive third runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport wouldn’t hurt surrounding streams and would actually be a boon to the environment. But since October, a string of oversights, accidents and intentional actions at the airport has allowed millions of gallons of muddy, oily or […]2006-01-12
James Fallows is an avid private pilot and knows airports well. This article provides a very reasonable takeaway of the event and lots of good links to learn all the details.2018-08-12
a Closer Look at the Sea-Tac Airport International Arrivals Facility2018-07-31
An op/ed by a worker at the airport. Their conditions are terrible. As employees of subcontractors to the airlines, they don't even make the $15/hour other airport workers get.2018-08-17
A technical article describing the kinds of alloys found in jet engines. These alloys are sloughed off by the engines during flight and land on areas beneath the flight path.2018-09-13
…the fourth inspector general’s critique in as many years of a program known as NextGen, on which more than $7 billion in federal funds has already been spent.2018-03-05
The 1,200-page measure sets standards for the agency, airports and airlines.2018-10-05
Waterland Blog - Adam Smith's new bill on FAA noise mitigation 06/20/182018-06-20
Parts of North Highline, Burien, and most of SeaTac have been declared Opportunity Zones by Governor Jay Inslee. Opportunity Zones allow investments made through special funds to defer or eliminate federal taxes on capital gains.2018-04-24
Neighbors of Sea-Tac Airport feel powerless over airport's sweeping expansion plans2018-06-01
SAMP has roused concerns about pollution and noise increases2018-06-01
Coverage of the June StART Meeting2018-06-28
A good article from 2005 on the rapidly changing feel of this area by Knute Berger. Not an airport article per se, but interesting and prescient.2018-08-27
2018-09-13

Documents

Some important documents. Click on any heading to sort by column:


Document Description Date
This is a great thumbnail history of the airport's evolving relationship with the Port Of Seattle. Use it to help you learn about previous citizen groups who have successfully (and unsuccessfully) opposed the Port's almost constant expansions. Provided courtesy of the Highline Historical Society. 2017-05-12
Washington Transportation Committee2017-09-01
National Weather Service Office1970-10-01
2018-07-31
An outline of the cargo meeting held at Port Of Seattle2016-11-06
This is the binding legal document that home owners within the mandated distance of the airport (DNL 65) had to sign in order to receive mitigation benefits (typically insulation and triple-pane windows.) In exchange, the owner gave free use of the sky above the property to the FAA and airlines not only for themselves but also for all future owners. You could not receive any mitigation benefits without giving up your rights in perpetuity (forever).2017-10-16
Bearse v. Port Of Seattle2018-06-28
2018-07-31
2018-07-31
2018-07-31
2018-06-28
Des Moines letter to Erika Harris (SEPA responsible official for PSRC) on Sea-Tac Vision 2050 Scoping 3.19.182018-03-19
1973-06-28
Explains the basics of NextGen and Greener Skies. Presented by David Suomi and Steve Karnes, Senior Technical Advisor, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center2018-04-25
A presentation explaining terms, techniques, and programs associated with traffic flow management in the National Airspace System.2009-10-01
Provides the (FAA) policies and procedures to ensure agency compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 United States Code [U.S.C.] §§ 4321-4335), the requirements set forth in the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), parts 1500-1508, Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (CEQ Regulations), and Department of Transportation (DOT) Order 5610.1C, Procedures for Co nsidering Environmental Impacts. The CEQ Regulations establish procedures for complying with NEPA. In accordance with 40 CFR § 1507.3 of the CEQ Regulations, this Order contains the FAA’s implementing procedures...2018-07-16
Record of Decision (ROD) providing final Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for the Master Plan Update development actions adopted by the Port of Seattle (POS) on August 1, 1996, in POS Commission Resolution # 3212, as amended on May 27, 1997, in POS Commission Resolution No. 3245. 2018-06-22
2017-06-02
1995-01-28
2018-06-18
Notes from his presentation.2018-06-18
Explains how to use and interpret the spreadsheet data here.2018-06-22
Kaplan Kirsch Law semi-annual report on airport legal issues.2018-07-01
A given by David Goebel for (norpn.org)2017-11-05
2018-07-31
Part 150 Study 2018 predicted noise boundary2013-10-23
Part 150 Study 2013 Appendix G - 2021 predicted noise boundary.2018-07-31
Part 150 Study 2013 (Landrum and Brown) Chapter 3 pg. 109. Depicts 2013 noise boundary.2018-07-31
From the Part 150 Study (2013) by Landrum & Brown2018-07-31
Presentation. Note theNEM (noise boundary) is predicted to -shrink-.2016-10-11
Aviation Division 2019 Business Plan and Budget Preview. Presented at Port Of Seattle Commission Meeting June 26, 20182009-10-01
Notes from Burien SAMP meeting. The public Q&A are definitely not accurate!2018-06-20
Subtitled: Strategy for a sustainable Sea-Tac2018-06-18
2018-06-22
Update to Master Plan passed before 3rd Runway.2018-06-21
Port Of Seattle - Resolution to implement noise mitigation before building 3rd Runway2018-06-21
2018-05-02
Presentation of 'Century Agenda' which is the broad outline of goals. These include tripling air cargo volume.2018-04-26
SEPA Policies for the SAMP. Includes materials on the process and how to file an appeal.2018-09-28
Puget Sound Clean Air, Highline Forum September 27, 2017, Kathy Strange, Manager, Technical Analysis2017-09-27
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1995-10-16
General Chronology: Regional Commercial Airport Capacity Decisions in the Central Puget Sound Region2018-06-22
Votes from members of the PSRC are weighted according to this formula. This matters to airport communities because it gives so much more power to entities that have no interest in having another airport.2018-05-31
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Official comments from the cities of Burien, Des Moines, SeaTac and Normandy Park2018-09-28
10/15/18 Per the Director of Aviation Finance and Budget: I am attaching the budget for Phase 1 of SAMP, and the analysis of the potential impacts modeled under three scenarios presented to the commission at a work session on May 7, 2018. The commission presentation shows the potential CPE impacts for each of the three scenarios. No airline pays a “CPE.” The CPE is an overall measure of the total passenger airline revenues divided by enplaned passengers. No attempt has been made to model what individual airlines may pay in the future. For this analysis, issuing revenue bonds was the variable to close the funding gap. Total debt (existing plus new) is shown for each scenario. These are just modeling scenarios at this point. The SAMP projects have not yet been added to the Aviation Division capital plan and plan of finance. 2018-05-07
May 4 New Terminal briefing for local businesses2018-06-02
Purpose: the evaluation of ground level impacts on the ambient air of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac)1995-05-01
Sea-Tac Airport Economic Impacts 20182018-06-18
The 1996 Environmental Impact Statement prepared by Landrum & Brown1996-02-01
The 1996 Environmental Impact Statement prepared by Landrum & Brown.1996-02-01
The 1996 Environmental Impact Statement prepared by Landrum & Brown.1996-02-01
The 1996 Environmental Impact Statement prepared by Landrum & Brown.1996-02-01
The 1996 Environmental Impact Statement prepared by Landrum & Brown.1996-02-01
The 1996 Environmental Impact Statement prepared by Landrum & Brown.1996-02-01
The 1996 Environmental Impact Statement prepared by Landrum & Brown.1996-02-01
2018-06-18
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This is the study done by the plaintiffs in the 3rd Runway Lawsuit. Everyone interested in this issue should start here by reading the executive summary.2018-02-06
Source is City of Seatac What about noise? 2017-06-25
Aircraft Emissions study by GeoMode (Take Off, Landing, Taxiing)1995-06-28
2018-07-31