Wed, Aug 25, 2004
Say Plan Doesn't Pass Legal Sniff Test
Opponents to Chicago's multi-billion dollar expansion plans for
O'Hare Airport say the FAA should look at the big picture. Now,
they've filed an official objection with the government, hoping to
prove their point.
The Chicago Tribune reports lawyers for residents in Bensenville
and Elk Grove Village (IL) have filed a 36-page protest, telling
the FAA that it is legally bound to reject plans to expand taxiways
and build a new runway at O'Hare.
"It's the first time that a formal objection has been filed with
the FAA," said Robert Cohn, an attorney with Shaw Pittman LLP, and
co-author of the letter. He was speaking with reporters from the
Looking at the big picture, according to opponents of the
expansion plan, means looking at the overall impact on both
Bensenville and Elk Grove Village, rather than examining one aspect
at a time, as is usually the case. Using current methods, critics
argue, would allow the city to destroy cemeteries and homes before
the project receives final approval. If the whole project is turned
down, they say, hundreds of people would still lose their property
and the gravesites of their loved ones.
"[T]he destruction of the communities and the religious
properties will have needlessly occurred with the FAA's full
knowledge, concurrence and assistance," the attorneys wrote in
their protest letter.
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