Lawsuit Filed Against Baltimore-Washington Airport Over Water Pollution

MARCH 16, 1998

US-Citizens Aviation Watch (CAW), the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Humane Society of the United States, and two US-CAW members -- the Airport Environmental Coalition and the Alliance of Residents Concerning O'Hare -- filed suit today against Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

The action is being taken because the groups have found the airport, along with Chicago's O'Hare International, to be in violation of more than 100 violations of federal environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, the Community Right-to-Know Act, and the Superfund Law.

The coalition of environmental groups has found that these airports have been polluting ground and surface water in and around the airports with regard to their aircraft de-icing operations.

This action comes after finding that 45 out of 50 of the nation's busiest airports are located near bodies of water. Given the massive amounts of the chemicals used in de-icing, anti-icing, and runway operations, the control and disposal of de-icing chemicals and their additives constitute a significant environmental threat, according to the coalition.

See the text of the complaint.

More information on this action, or the issues leading to it, can be obtained from Jack Saporito of US-CAW, telephone 847.506.0670.