Politics As Usual? PHL-CEP meetings have been scheduled.
Why has the FAA scheduled CEP meetings in Paulsboro instead of a New Jersey community that will be impacted directly by the proposed CEP flight paths? Public officials from West Deptford and some members of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation have gone on the record and stated that rather than extend runway 17-35 a better use of tax dollars would be to build a third runway along the Delaware River. In other words, let Camden County, northern Delaware, and southeastern Pennsylvania absorb the worst of the impact.

Jets over South Jersey
Notice the dual arrival tracks over Chester, PA. Voted "Toxic Town, USA" by George Magazine 1998

The proposed blocking of federal funding for the 17-35 extension would only be a political victory for NJ politicians. According to the 17-35 FEIS, even if the extension is not built, West Deptford, NJ and other Gloucester County residents will still have to endure over 66,000 low flying Philadelphia bound aircraft in 2007. Noise reduction via airspace redesign and slot controls at PHL will be the only way residents of the region will get any relief from low altitude air traffic and reduce the chronic airfield delays.

See comments sent recently to NJCAAN via email from Camden County, NJ resident..
"I live in Medford, NJ which is at least twenty miles from the nearest major airport. Yet, my quality of life is significantly impacted by aircraft noise. I don't understand why commercial airliners must fly at such low altitudes this far away from the airport and why so many planes are routed over my town (most seem to be turning north right over my house)? ... I plan to launch a campaign against aircraft noise in my area- can you provide some suggestions as to the most effective way of going about this?"


The Federal Aviation Administration will conduct five public meetings on the airport runway project, all from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Sept. 21, Brandywine High School, 1400 Foulk Rd., Wilmington

Sept. 22, Ridley Community Center auditorium, 801 Morton Ave., Folsom

Sept. 27, Paulsboro High School auditorium, 670 N. Delaware St., Paulsboro

Sept. 28, Tinicum School gymnasium, 91 Seneca St., Essington

Sept. 29, Eastwick at the Meadows, 6630 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

Trading Human Health For Profit
by Nicole L. Warren, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Welcome to "Toxic Town USA", formally known as Chester, Pennsylvania (Offman 1998). This Delaware County community, fifteen miles outside of Philadelphia, suffers from one of the many cases of environmental injustice, found in poor minority communities throughout the world. Traditionally, as Environmental Ethics editor Eugene Hargrove notes, environmentalism has focused on "environmentalists concerns, and these have not included concerns about human welfare" (Westra ix). The attention was given to protecting natural species and system, neglecting how toxic environments affected humans.

Wildlife Refuge Causes Philadelphia Airport to Change Plans --
  Revised Sept. 11 report released
I wonder if this revised "public" report mentions that in June of 2000 Congress finally directed FAA to comply to a 1998 OIG audit ordering that a civil aviation strategic plan be submitted with the FY 2002 budget request. Government watchdog groups this month said that federal agencies spent a record $148 last year creating and storing new secrets for each $1 spent declassifying old secrets.

F.A.A. Alerted on Al Qaeda in '98, 9/11 Panel Said --
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 - American aviation officials were warned as early as 1998 that Al Qaeda could "seek to hijack a commercial jet and slam it into a U.S. landmark," according to previously secret portions of a report prepared last year by the Sept. 11 commission. The officials also realized months before the Sept. 11 attacks that two of the three airports used in the hijackings had suffered repeated security lapses.

A heavily redacted version was released by the Bush administration in January, but commission members complained that the deleted material contained information critical to the public's understanding of what went wrong on Sept. 11. In response, the administration prepared a new public version of the report, which was posted Tuesday on the National Archives Web site.

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Stop the Noise --
The word Noise, on the other hand, is derived from the Latin word, noxia, meaning injury or hurt. It is defined by the National Institute of Public Health as being "Any sound - independent of loudness - that may produce an undesired physiological or psychological effect in an individual and that may interfere with the social ends of an individual or group." | Effects of Noise on Children's Learning and Health -- Claire Matz

Editorial : No Change In Airnoise --
By FAA definition, we do not have a noise problem... Like other Federal agencies, the FAA is beyond control. Unless and until Mr Castle, Mr Carper, and Mr Biden get together enough support to withhold significant funds from the FAA, they will ignore us. | The Brandywine Community News, DE - April 7, 2003

Residents Ask FAA For More Information --
Gail Van Gilder, of Delaware Greenways, said the FAA already has their minds made up to approve the expansion. She said they need to answer questions from an air noise study conducted in December 2001.| The Brandywine Community News, DE - August 23, 2003

Editorial : Philly’s Airport ; Delaware County’s Problem--
It’s called Philadelphia International Airport, but, truth be told, Delaware County has greater claim to the name. | The Delaware County Times, PA - Mar 10, 2004

West Deptford residents raise noise over runway expansion --
Most homes would be impacted by the noise and air pollution. During the FAA reauthorization last year, Lautenberg and the NJ delegation...

Cheap Air Fares Land In Philly -
It's summer, it's humid and you have vacation days to spare. You're ready for a getaway but, unfortunately, your wallet isn't. Out of luck? ...| The Delaware County Times, PA - Mar 8, 2004

In Depth: Proposed changes at Philadelphia International may have a far-reaching impact on Delco. -
The study into the possible expansion of Philadelphia International Airport may still be in its formative stages, but that doesn’t prevent the controversy surrounding such an idea to continue to evolve. | The Delaware County Times, PA - Feb 23, 2004

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