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News Article - October 29, 2008

WHELAN REPORTS ON FAA PHILA. AIRPORT PLANS  
  Delaware County Council Vice-Chair John Whelan reported at last week's commissioners meeting that the FAA intends to go ahead with plans to encroach into Tinicum at Philadelphia International Airport. At a meeting Oct. 22 at Tinicum Elementary School, FAA proposed three alternatives to its original plan. Whalen planned to attend as a Council representative in addressing FAA officials.

   Delaware County Council is a leader in economic development and is for a viable airport that plays an important part in the economy, Whelan said, but not at the expense of residents. Council will continue to fight the plan that will extend airport runways into Tinicum Township and that directs planes to fly at low altitudes over residents' homes. The FAA plan would put 80 Tinicum firms out of business; would cost 33,000 jobs; infringe on 80 acres of wet-lands; and cause a loss in tax revenue to Tinicum, Interboro School District and the county, Whelan said.

Source - Town Talk News



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