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Philip Municipal Airport to receive $50,000 in federal funding for environmental impact study

The Philip Municipal Airport will receive a $50,000 federal grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for airport enhancements.

This grant will provide federal funds to study potential environmental impacts of a purposed land acquisition at the Philip Municipal Airport. The environmental impact study will involve federal and state authorities, and environmental experts, including archeologists. If possible, the purchase of areas at each end of the airport will be done, not to increase the length of the runway, but to expand the clear zone. This would result in the airport having the control of a safety area where no buildings, towers, poles or anything else can be put up or constructed.

The $50,000 is just for the environmental impact study, not for the purchase of the land or any airport improvements. This study and the possible purchase of the land have been included in the airport's federally required yearly developmental plans for the last five years.

The funding comes from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which enhances safety at airports and strengthens economic development in communities. The FAA is a division within the U.S. Department of Transportation.

AIP funding comes from a variety of user fees and fuel taxes that are deposited into the Aviation Trust Fund. Each year, these funds are distributed to airports, ranging from the large commercial airports to smaller general aviation airports, to assist with construction or other eligible improvements.

"This funding will improve transportation conditions at the Philip Municipal Airport," said U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD).

Senator John Thune (R-SD), said, "The funds will be used to conduct an environmental assessment concerning land that may need to be purchased surrounding the landing zone at Philip Municipal Airport. An environmental assessment is being done in conjunction with improving the overall safety of the airport," said Thune. "This assessment will help identify the best ways to improve the Philip municipal airport."