Fri, Nov 19, 2004
Philadelphia International Gets An Earful About Noise
If you ask a lot of people around
West Deptford Township (NJ), they don't want Philadelphia
International's Runway 17-35 to be extended 400 feet in their
direction -- they don't want the runway at all.
About 60 people, many of them township residents, showed up at a
public hearing conducted by the FAA Tuesday night, opposed to the
runway extension project. Specifically, two of the three
alternatives under consideration would extend the runway south,
toward the small New Jersey town. Residents say that would mean
more pollution and more noise.
Steve Drummond not only doesn't want to see the runway extended
toward his home in West Deptford. "I'd like to see 17-35 shut down
entirely," he said. He was quoted in the Gloucester County
Another resident hoping to add his displeasure to the testimony
being gathered for the project's environmental impact statement was
Judy Shillingford. "When the planes go over my house, it's
deafening," she said. "I can't imagine what the quality of life
will be in my neighborhood if this goes through."
Residents like Drummond and Shillingford have until the first of
December to tell the FAA what they think about the idea of
extending 17-35. The City of Philadelphia, which runs the airport,
says it needs to extend the runway because of congestion.
Ironically, the FAA says not extending the runway could be even
worse for the angry airport neighbors. They could see a "continued
increase in aircraft noise from growth in airport operations," the
The federal EIS isn't the last stop for the proposed project. It
still has to pass muster with the Pennsylvania Department of
Environmental Protection, US Army Corps of Engineers and the US
Environmental Protection Agency.
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