DRAFT: privelidged and confidentialRe: response to FAA FOIA release – Windfarm Flamenco
Re: Feb 25th response to CORALations FOIA request.Ms. Elizabeth L. RayVice PresidentMission Support ServicesAir Traffic OrganizationU.S. Dept of TransportationFederal Aviation AdministrationMission Support Services800 Independence Ave. SWWashington, DC 20591March 11, 2013Dear Ms. Ray:CORALations is a non-profit coral conservation organization based on the island of Culebra, Puerto Rico.Through our normal course of doing business, we discovered a concern regarding “No Hazard” determinationsto air traffic for a proposed wind farm near the airport on this small Caribbean island. Culebra is growing intourism popularity. Visitors and locals access the island using ferry service from Fajardo or via small planesfrom San Juan, Ceiba and the Virgin Islands. There is no hospital on the island, and all medical emergencies de-pend on safe and smooth air evacuation to the big island via small planes, and during varying wind conditions.We first became aware of a problem when copies of “No Hazard” determinations were submitted by the “PuertoRico Administación de Asuntos Energéticos (AAE) (
), inan environmental impact study (EIS) for a proposed wind farm project, “Proyecto Punta Flamenco Windfarm,DIA-2012-AAE-28.
(LINK to No HAZ submitted in EIS)
The wind turbines were sited along the ridge insideor directly adjacent to the flyzone of Culebra's small airport.This letter references the Feb 25
2013 letter of response to our Freedom of Information Act request sent to youroffice on November 30th, 2012. With the FOIA response letter was a CD with the digital documents listed andattached to this communication. We understand a decision was made to redact some of the personal informationin this disclosure, and we have no problem with that.The response, however, does not appear to be complete, and we still have the following concerns:
The “No Hazard” determinations submitted in an AEE's, EIS were not based on the actual heightof the proposed wind generators. The physical characteristics of the wind generators were not