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May 23, 2014

COUNTY OF ORANGE ISSUES DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT 617

John Wayne Airport Settlement Agreement Amendment Project

SANTA ANA, Calif. - The County of Orange, as the owner and operator of John Wayne Airport, issued Draft Environmental Impact Report 617 (Draft EIR) today for the John Wayne Airport Settlement Agreement Amendment Project. The Draft EIR has been prepared in conformance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to address the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed modification and extension of the Settlement Agreement.

The Draft EIR and technical appendices are available for public review at: (1) www.ocair.com/settlementagreement; (2) the John Wayne Airport Administrative Office located at 3160 Airway Avenue in Costa Mesa and at the City of Newport Beach, Planning Department located at 100 Civic Center Drive in Newport Beach; and (3) the following public libraries:

Costa Mesa/Donald Dugan
1855 Park Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Costa Mesa/Mesa Verde
2969 Mesa Verde Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

El Modena
380 South Hewes Street
Orange, CA 92869

Irvine/Heritage Park
14361 Yale Avenue
Irvine, CA 92604

Irvine/University Park
4512 Sandburg Way
Irvine, CA 92612

Laguna Beach
363 Glenneyre Street
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Newport Beach
1000 Avocado Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Orange
407 East Chapman Avenue
Orange, CA 92866

Santa Ana
26 Civic Center Plaza
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Tustin
345 East Main Street
Tustin, CA 92780

Comments on the Draft EIR will be accepted until 5:00 pm on July 8, 2014, and may be submitted via email to DEIR617@ocair.com or by mail to: Ms. Lea Choum, John Wayne Airport, 3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

Two public meetings will be held to provide information about the structure and content of the Draft EIR and to explain the process by which the public can access the document and provide input to the County of Orange. The first meeting will be held on May 28, 2014, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Hewes Middle School located at 13232 Hewes Avenue in North Tustin. The second meeting will be held on May 29, 2014, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at John Wayne Airport’s Administrative Office located at 3160 Airway Avenue in Costa Mesa. Members of the public may submit oral or written comments at these meetings.

The Settlement Agreement formalized consensus reached between the County of Orange, the City of Newport Beach, the Airport Working Group (AWG) and Stop Polluting Our Newport (SPON) on the nature and extent of facility and operational improvements that could be implemented at John Wayne Airport. More information about the Settlement Agreement and the environmental review of proposed amendments to the Settlement Agreement is provided at www.ocair.com/settlementagreement.

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John Wayne Airport (SNA) is owned by the County of Orange and is operated as a self-supporting enterprise that receives no general fund tax revenue.  The Airport serves more than nine million passengers annually and reaches more than 20 nonstop destinations in the United States, Mexico and Canada.  More information can be found at www.ocair.com or at facebook.com/johnwayneairport or on twitter.com /johnwayneair.