City of Park Ridge to push for ‘proper’ FAA response to impact-study request
Updated: August 23, 2012 9:55AM
PARK RIDGE — The Park Ridge City Council on July 16 is expected to vote to spend as much as $2,100 for a law firm to craft a rebuttal letter to the Federal Aviation Administration concerning the city’s October 2011 request for a new study of environmental impacts from O’Hare International Airport.
In February the FAA informed the city that attorneys failed to provide “sufficient information to warrant the preparation of a supplement to the O’Hare Modernization Final Environmental Impact Statement.” The FAA also failed to respond to the city’s request for a meeting to discuss environmental issues related to the airport, the city said.
Jim Argionis, of the Park Ridge O’Hare Airport Commission, said attorneys who drafted the original request for a supplemental EIS felt the FAA had ignored portions of the letter. Since that time an announcement has also been made that a new cargo facility will be constructed at the airport, Argionis said.
The new letter, Argionis said, will force the FAA to “properly respond to the Oct. 23 letter in full because they left out significant portions we believe warrant the FAA to do an SEIS.”