Ohio City Sues FAA to Obtain Documentation of
Environmental Analysis of Airport Expansion

MARCH 10, 2001

The City of Olmsted Falls is now fighting two battles on the federal level. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, attorneys for the city charge the Federal Aviation Administration has withheld records and has not adequately responded to three requests for information about the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport expansion plan. It is the city’s second complaint against the FAA since December.

"Certain claims were made by the FAA, and we asked for the sources of those claims," attorney Barbara Lichman said. "But we haven’t yet received them."

The city wants copies of the data, documentation, and assumptions used in analyses of the expansion’s environmental impacts, according to the lawsuit.

Officials also are waiting for a response from the federal Office of Aviation Policy and Plans regarding a Nov. 21 request for documents dealing with aircraft operations, including income growth, air travel costs, runway length and weather.

In December the city’s attorneys filed suit in U.S. Circuit Court, claiming the FAA’s studies -- of air quality, water quality and noise -- are seriously flawed. City officials have said the current expansion plan will create damaging amounts of noise and air pollution.

"We’re not against airport expansion," Olmsted Falls Mayor Robert Blomquist said. "We just want to make sure the FAA is taking into consideration the effect [expansion] will have on the surrounding communities."

FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro declined to comment because FAA attorneys had not received any notice of the latest lawsuit.

Source: The Plain Dealer