ARCO Flight Tracks
Your source for information concerning
events and issues involving O'Hare Airport
Vol. 3, Issue 3
Your Voice Is Heard
FAA Make Residential Property Defective --
The FAA wants to title private property as far
as 30 miles from O'Hare as a "Noise Sensitive Zone". Around the end of
September, the FAA plans to publish the new proposed draft policy in the Federal
Register. After it is published, the public has 60 days comment period.
The new proposed policy will establish a lower
noise contour of 55 DNL that could reach out to 30 miles from the airport. At
the same time, the FAA wants to title residential property as
"disclosure" meaning this property is "defective, airport noise
sensitive". This translates to greatly reduced property values. According
to one township assessor, "[It would] Destroy our tax base and our
communities." Businesses would suffer from the additional tax burden.
The FAA claims that --
- They want to inform potential home buyers of
- They are concerned that future Stage III
aircraft, the new huge 747's and others capable of carrying up to 800 - 1200
passengers, will be much louder.
- Since such a large part of the population
is, or will be, affected by noise, they want alternate uses for noise zones;
such as industrial. They claim they do not have funds to pay for
soundproofing or other programs outside of the 65DNL. So they want to
eliminate building homes, schools, churches, etc. in the noise affected
area. Possibly another motivation is land acquisition to expand airports
ARCO's objective is to obtain property
value compensation and health benefits for the serious diseases that are caused
by O'Hare's, and other airports, pollution.
Since the FAA wants to make noise an issue, the
noise contour that should be used is the court ordered noise contour of 45 dB.
Officials must now recognize that this issue is
just not a "Noise Annoyance Issue". We need permanent, meaningful,
ed. Note: This issue will be discussed again at
the next meeting.
Daley Gives Residents More
At an Arlington Heights Advisory Committee on
O'Hare Noise meeting, on September 17, ARCO presented its position on Chicago
Mayor Daley's proposed Noise Commission.
The advisory committee has several concerns
about the proposed noise commission. They decided to investigate these concerns
at a working meeting October 1.
ARCO was present at the meeting and presented
concerns on the residents' behalf. Those concerns are:
- It offers nothing for most communities.
- The cost of membership is too great. It
allows Chicago to build an additional runway at O'Hare. That means more
flights and an increase in noise to residents.
- The huge contract limits liability of
Chicago and the Airlines.
- Commission only runs to 2005 and is under
- Any data that would result from the
commission could not be used to justify a larger program. Communities and
residents would waive certain legal rights by their participating in this
Daley's proposal is not a good faith
expression, from good neighbors...it's business as usual.
This whole issue needs to be legislated; we
can't rely on more promises or contracts that can be broken.
ARCO was disappointed that Arlington Heights
did not immediately reject Daley's proposed noise commission outright because it
was not presented in good faith.
ARCO presented another proposal for Arlington
Heights and other communities to join. The new noise commission was begun by
Park Ridge, separate from SOC; its only requirement for joining is for the
community to reject new runway construction.
The new committee will deal with environmental
and noise concerns. Director J. Saporito spoke with Village President Arlene
Mulder after the meeting about this commission to be formed by communities
themselves. She expressed interest in this new organization. *
Bits and Pieces...
ARCO Presents Plan to Greater O'Hare Business
"O'Hare Airport overcrowding is already
affecting the environment and millions of peoples' health, safety and with the
new FAA proposed ruling, property values and tax base, we need to look elsewhere
rather than more flights." J. Saporito
ARCO believes in a balance between economy and
ecology. The plan envisioned by ARCO will benefit all concerned parties. The
ARCO solution is to introduce High-Speed Rail as an alternative to airport
expansion. Some of the details include a rail station at O'Hare, the airlines
could run High-Speed Rail as a joint effort, new business ventures for the
business community, & residents get a guarantee of no new runway
construction & reducing operations to a safe, healthy level.
ARCO's goal is to present this High-Speed Rail
plan nationally, instead of expanding existing airports in preparation of the
expected transportation boom.
Illinois House Speaker Lee Daniels Stands Pat:
Besides Speaker Daniels pledge to ARCO
that he is against new runway construction at O'Hare: At the same GOA meeting
(9/17), he stated that the goals of the General Assembly were: A new airport was
needed to relieve delays at O'Hare, regional control of O'Hare and a nighttime
curfew was needed. He went on to explain that ARCO's High-Speed Rail plan is
viable especially within 200-400 miles.
Saporito Named Spokesperson for NRDC
The Natural Resources Defense Council has asked
ARCO Director Saporito to be their spokesperson in Chicago for the release of
the Aviation Pollution/Health Report.
It will be released mid-October in DC, LA, NYC,
ARCO Monthly Meeting Report
Even though the issues discussed were very
important, it seemingly was not enough to draw support from ARCO membership.
Important matters were on the agenda regarding the O'Hare Airport issue and the
FAA's new proposal that will lower your home's property value.
Attendance was low; only 20 people attended,
along with Pete Brathwaite, District Legislative Liaison for US Congressman
Philip Crane (R-8th District). Of the 20 people, only 5 were ARCO members.
Mr. Brathwaite restated Congressman Crane's
position against new runway construction at O'Hare Airport.
Attendees were upset that they were not
notified by the press about the important meeting. They stated the only reason
they were there was that they were notified of the meeting that day, on the 5:00
PM news on WGN radio.
Citizens voiced concern that their respective
towns' officials and state legislators were not in attendance, though officials
within a 25-30 mile radius of O'Hare were notified.
Note: Senate President Pate Philip, Sen. Peter
Fitzgerald, Rep. Terry Parke and Rep. Carolyn Krause notified ARCO that they
could not attend.
SOC Joins In On Environment
At the request of ARCO, the Suburban O'Hare
Commission joined ARCO in protecting the O'Hare community's health.
We have suspected for awhile that our
health & environment has been suffering greatly as a result of O'Hare
SOC's initial investigation found O'Hare was
not reporting its total release of toxins (bubble rule). Instead they were
piece-mealing it, by having the airlines themselves report it as their toxic
release. In reality, the airport owner is totally responsible for its
SOC is also calling for a total account
of all pollutants and its effects on our health & environment.
ARCO is working with many organizations across
the nation on this issue and it will not be "business as usual", when
it comes to the health and safety of millions. *
- Oct. 3, ARCO Meeting, Heritage Park 7:30 PM
- Nov. 7, ARCO Meeting, Heritage Park 7:30 PM
(Heritage Park is located at Fernandez
and Victoria in Arlington Heights, IL)
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