Rockland readies for legal fight over FAA flight plan

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The fight to keep 200-600 planes from flying over portions of Rockland County could soon play out in a court room.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) met with the public Monday about re-routing planes over Rockland County to alleviate congestion at Newark Liberty International Airport. From the day the FAA files its final environmental impact statement, the county has only 30 days to challenge it. Many county officials are trying to block the plan, and they may mount a legal battle to do so. Rockland County Executive Scott Vanderhoef says requests are out to four national law firms whose expertise with the FAA could help them with a possible lawsuit in the future. Vanderhoef says the basis of the lawsuit stems from the FAA not following a 1990 law passed by Congress. That law states noise mitigation must be a key component of any air traffic redesign. Vanderhoef says by not having fully done that for Rockland, the FAA failed to meet that test and therefore the entire environmental impact statement is no good.

Many residents say they will join the fight and will consider moving if the FAA doesn?t reconsider its new flight plan.

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