Environmental groups sue the FAA after SpaceX launch2023-05-01 17:21 by Daniela
Tags: FAA, SpaceX
Environmental groups are suing the Federal Aviation Administration following last month's SpaceX launch. The massive starship rocket – the most powerful ever built – lifted off the launch pad, spewing debris over miles, before exploding over the Gulf of Mexico four minutes into the flight.
The lawsuit against the FAA was filed in a district court in Washington, D.C., by five plaintiffs: The Center for Biological Diversity, the American Bird Conservancy, SurfRider Foundation, Save Rio Grande Valley and a cultural-heritage organization, the Carrizo-Comecrudo Nation of Texas.
The groups argue the agency should have conducted an in-depth environmental impact statement (EIS) before ever allowing SpaceX to move ahead with its Starship Super Heavy plans in Boca Chica.
"The FAA failed to take the requisite hard look at the proposed project and has concluded that significant adverse effects will not occur due to purported mitigation measures," they wrote in the lawsuit.
The FAA declined comment, noting it doesn't comment on ongoing litigation. The agency is overseeing the accident investigation and has ordered all SpaceX Starships grounded until it’s certain that public safety will not be compromised.
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