NOTICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT – Construction of an Airport-owned Air Traffic Control Tower and Enabling Projects 


Duluth International Airport 

Construction of an Airport-owned Air Traffic Control Tower and Enabling Projects 

The Duluth Airport Authority (DAA), in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration, announces the availability of an Environmental Assessment. The DAA is proposing to replace the existing Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) with the construction of a new ATCT and Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility. The EA provides information on the project and discusses the potential economic, social, and environmental impacts, and mitigation measures, as appropriate, of the project. It has been prepared pursuant to the requirements of Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), and in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, FAA Order 5050.4B, NEPA Implementing Instructions for Airport Actions.  

 PUBLIC INSPECTION: Copies of the EA will be made available for public review beginning November 4, 2023, during regular business hours at the following locations: 

  • Duluth Airport Authority administration offices, 4701 Grinden Drive, Duluth 
  • Duluth City Hall, 411 West 1st Street, Duluth 
  • Hermantown City Hall, 5105 Maple Grove Road, Hermantown 
  • Duluth Public Library, 520 West Superior Street, Duluth 
  • MNDOT District 1, 1123 Mesaba Avenue, Duluth 

COMMENT PERIOD: Written comments will be accepted until December 8th, 2023. Please direct written comments to Natalie White, Senior Scientist, SEH, 418 West Superior Street, Suite 200, Duluth, MN 55802 or Please note “Air Traffic Control Tower Project” in the subject line. 

 Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee we will be able to do so. 

 ACCOMMODATIONS: Auxiliary aids and services may be provided upon request. Requests for these services can be made by calling Natalie White at 218-279-3003. Every reasonable effort to accommodate special needs will be made. 

The Environmental Assessment (EA) Documents can be downloaded here [PDF].