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Posted: Saturday, June 7, 2014 10:24 pm

The Federal Aviation Administration’s final environmental impact statement concerning a possible SpaceX launch site at Boca Chica Beach was filed with the Federal Register Friday, ushering in a 30-day review period that will conclude in July with the agency’s record of decision.

The report, which the FAA made public on May 29, identifies the extent to which the construction of a launch pad at the eastern end of Highway 4 would influence the environment and the steps SpaceX can take to mitigate that impact.

After the June 6 filing, the FAA will have until July 7 to review the plan before it must issue a decision.

Based on that decision, SpaceX will then be able to apply for the appropriate licenses and permits to construct and operate a launch pad at the site.

All of the steps the space exploration company has taken so far have been part of the agency’s pre-application process.

After the license and permit requests are filed with the FAA, administrators will have 180 days in which to make a decision.

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