Proposed FAA flight plan doesn't fly with residents

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Thousands of Rockland County residents voiced their concerns Monday at a meeting about the Federal Aviation Administration?s (FAA) new traffic plan.

To ease congestion at New Jersey?s Newark Liberty International Airport, the FAA proposed flying between 200 to 600 planes per day over Rockland?s skies.

Those in attendance gathered to let the FAA know Rockland County will not tolerate hundreds of planes flying overhead daily.

?Oh it?s going to kill us, the noise level, the pollution, the noise pollution,? Pearl River resident Audrey McHugh said.

The FAA agreed to hold the meeting to assure residents that if the plan goes through, noise mitigation would be at the forefront of the plan.

?It is my belief that if these changes were implemented, many people wouldn?t notice it,? FAA Project Manager Steve Kelly said. ?Some will and I?m not minimizing that, but many people wouldn?t even notice the changes.?

County Executive Scott Vanderhoef has vowed to take all possible actions against the plans.

The FAA has been looking at Rockland?s airspace as one of four alternatives to reduce congestion at Newark Liberty by 2011. FAA officials would like to make a final recommendation by September.

Related Information:Rockland lawmakers hope to ground FAA flight plan

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