Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Study Looks at Airport's Environmental Impact

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Study Looks at Airport's Environmental Impact

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County Executive Joe Ortwerth says the long-awaited draft of an environmental impact statement on Lambert Field expansion plans will be released to the public on Friday. Copies will be available at libraries and other public buildings.

Ortwerth said the environmental study was merely one step along a long road to determine where and how Lambert will expand.

By early next year, Ortwerth expects the Federal Aviation Administration to announce its preference for one of two expansion plans - one to the west of the airport through a part of Bridgeton and the other to the south of the terminal, across Interstate 70. The Airport Commission and the St. Louis Regional Commerce and Growth Association have endorsed the westward plan. St. Charles Mayor Bob Moeller also favors that plan, but the St. Charles City Council has passed a resolution in opposition. If, as Ortwerth assumes, the FAA chooses the westward plan, "then the fun will begin," he said. Already, Bridgeton has been in litigation for more than two years fighting the plan that would wipe out about 1,920 houses and businesses in that city. Now, opposition to the westward plan is growing in St. Charles County, where hundreds of residents contend that noise from aircraft landing and taking off 2 miles closer to St. Charles would be intolerable. Ortwerth foresees that once the FAA comes down on the side of the westward plan, officials in St. Charles County will be deciding if the environmental impact statement "is defective for various reasons (and) whether the city or the county would choose to entertain litigation." Meanwhile, Ortwerth told the County Council Tuesday night that a public hearing on the statement was tentatively scheduled for Oct. 28. The site of the hearing has not been determined. After the hearing, the FAA will review all comments from the hearing as well as those submitted in writing separately. …

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