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News Article - March 26, 2008

N.J. POLITICAL LEADERS ASSAIL NEW FLIGHT PATHS  
  New Jersey's two U.S. senators and a congressman sent a letter yesterday to the acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration demanding that it "immediately stop" a controversial airspace redesign project that has garnered complaints from Delaware County and South Jersey residents as too noisy and from air-traffic controllers and pilots as potentially unsafe.

   The Democratic leaders accused the agency's acting administrator, Robert Sturgell, and other Bush administration officials of insufficiently addressing safety, quality of life and environmental issues raised by the project, designed to ease gridlock in the region spanning New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia.

   Against the backdrop of the Delaware River in West Deptford Township, Sens. Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez and U.S. Rep. Robert Andrews at a news conference once more criticized the new flight paths from Philadelphia International Airport. The senators, who along with Andrews have contended that the measure will do little to lower the airport's average wait time, have put a "hold" on Sturgell's nomination as head of the FAA.

Source - Philadelphia Inquirer



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