Lacking a quorum at the meeting, the board voted unanimously as “a committee as a whole” to support the statement, an addendum to comments the EQA had previously sent to the two agencies.
According to Peter Richards, chairman of CB 13’s Parks and Environment Committee, the statement requests that an environmental impact statement be prepared to further investigate the impacts of the Runway 4L/22R Improvements Project. The concern is that conditions experienced in Southeast Queens due to airport activities will be exacerbated by the project, which proposes moving the runway 728 feet closer to the community and lowering aircraft flights by approximately 100 feet over homes.
According to the statement, the Port Authority did not adequately consider the cumulative effects of the plan “because the agency failed to account properly for the effects of focusing air traffic down specific corridors.”
Air pollution is of particular concern, with the EQA asserting that “the manipulation of air pollution data by way of figures based on assumptions is a danger to the community.”
In addition, the EQA asserts that “the removal or topping of trees at the edge of the Idlewild Park Preserve will result in the alienation of parkland in violation of the public trust doctrine.”
In other airport news, Gov. Cuomo last week ordered the Port Authority to study noise from aircraft in Queens and Nassau County, and to sit down with area residents in a roundtable setting [see separate story].