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Bucks Residents Demand Environmental Study of Trenton Airport Expansion

(Trenton-Mercer Airport, in aerial photo.)

(Trenton-Mercer Airport, in aerial photo.)

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By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — As construction and expansion of the Trenton-Mercer (NJ) Airport continues, a Bucks County community group is pursuing legal action for an environmental impact study of the work.

Trenton-Mercer Airport started as a grass field operation in the late 1920s and has been expanding incrementally ever since.

Frontier Airlines is currently in a two-month pause as work continues at the airport.

More than 70 incoming and outgoing commercial flights per week will be using that airport when service resumes in November.

Holly Bussey is a member of Bucks Residents for Responsible Airport Management.  She says BRRAM wants an environmental study done in nearby communities.

“Obviously the original intent of the airport has changed,” she said today following a meeting of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.  “The geographic surroundings have changed.  You have houses that are right up against the airport right now.   There are wildlife concerns.  There’s air traffic, noise pollution concerns, and they are not following the law.”

BRRAM says it has been told by the FAA that the impact study requirement does not apply here.   The group says it does, and plans to seek legal action.

KYW Newsradio was awaiting a response from the Federal Aviation Administration, the organization which would trigger an environmental impact study.

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