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PA to roll out new JFK enviro study Oct. 18

Runway plan draws ire; meeting 10/24

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Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:19 am, Thu Oct 24, 2013.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will host a public meeting in Rosedale on Oct. 24 to discuss a revised environmental assessment of a proposal to shift a runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The PA is actively seeking to relocate runway 4L-22R 700 feet to the north of its present position, and add a 500-foot-wide, 1,000-foot-long safety overrun zone at the end. The overrun zone and the widening of the runway by 150 feet have been mandated by Congress.

The runway is 11,351 feet long.

The plans are being spurred by the desire to accommodate larger commercial aircraft, such as the Airbus A380.

Residents, however, fear that moving the runway closer to populated neighborhoods will mean larger planes flying lower over people’s homes at all hours.

The Eastern Queens Alliance, an association of civic and neighborhood organizations, has been a leading critic of the PA’s procedures during the application process.

The revised environmental assessment was offered by the PA after the EQA and scores of residents protested that notice of the study was done in publications with few or no readers in Southeast Queens. The PA then extended the comment period.

This past spring residents also sounded the alarm over the possibility that 300 to 700 trees in the nearby Idlewild Park Preserve could be cut down if it is deemed that they have gotten tall enough to serve as a hazard to planes flying into or out of JFK.

The Oct. 24 meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, located at 224-04 147th Ave.

PA officials are expected to be able to address concerns raised by residents both at a hearing last year and in writing during the extended comment period.

The revised EA is expected to be available online beginning Oct. 18 at the Port Authority’s website, panynj.gov, after which there will be a 30-day public comment period during which time more input will be taken. The new comment period ends on Nov. 18.

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