|AIRPORT NOISE LAW|
NOVEMBER 1, 2007
NEW CANAAN, CONNECTICUT
State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced today that the state has sued the Federal Aviation Administration to block new flight paths that route more planes lower over southern Connecticut. Rell said that the lawsuit against the new flight paths was filed on behalf of the state Department of Environmental Protection. The suit signals a joint state-municipal alliance. The suit was announced at a press conference in New Canaan.
The governor called the increased air traffic -- which would route as many as 150 additional planes a day over many Fairfield County towns -- "unacceptable." "The FAA Redesign Plan would bring unacceptable impacts to Connecticut and particularly to this region of the state," Rell said, "and we will do everything we can to derail this plan."
Blumenthal concurred. "We have forged a powerful partnership against the FAA's ill-conceived plan to route too many planes too low over southwestern Connecticut," he said. "As I have pledged before, I will fight as long and hard as necessary, even to the U.S. Supreme Court." Blumenthal said the FAA "rushed to reroute, failing to consider alternatives and environmental and quality of life impacts."
Towns joining Blumenthal and Rell in the action are Ridgefield, Wilton, Weston, Westport, Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, and Purchase, N.Y.