AReCO in the News
Source: Journal and Topics Newspapes
Date: October 21, 2004
Copyright © 2004, Journal and Topics Newspapes
Local Man To Speak At National Conference
Arlington Heights resident Jack Saporito will speak next month at a
conference on aircraft pollution in New York co-sponsored by the Pace Center for
Environmental Legal Studies and Environmental Defense.
Saporito, of the Alliance of Residents Concerning O'Hare, grew up in the
shadow of O'Hare Airport. Today he is an outspoken advocate against aircraft
pollution and airport expansion.
"I watched O'Hare being built as a kid and I used to walk every inch of
O'Hare before it was there," Saporito said.
Saporito worked at a flight deck in Vietnam during the war, and he said he
first noticed aircraft pollution when watching the fighter jets hit their
burners. He later lived in Rosemont near the Allstate Arena, and he said the jet
fuel started eating the paint off of his family cars.
"We were wondering what this was doing to our kids' health,"
Saporito said. Saporito moved his family to Arlington Heights in an area outside
of O'Hare Airport's flight path. But in the late 1980s, O'Hare extended a runway
that caused planes to fly over Saporito's home every 48 seconds.
"I started an organization with the members here, and I moved
again," Saporito said. "Then I started turning over every rock and
finding a snake under it."
At the conference, Saporito plans to address technological solutions he sees
that could alleviate public health problems associated with aircraft pollution.
According to Saporito, voluminous cases of cancer and respiratory diseases
surrounding major airports can be attributed to the aircraft pollution, in
addition to climate change.
"Of man-made polluters, it's probably one of the worst in the
world," Saporito said. "It's a whole toxic cocktail of a subspecies of
Saporito said he is also suspicious of the money trail of individuals that
would benefit from an O'Hare Airport expansion.