Environmental Research Associates

Research & Consulting Ecologists

September 2006


Phila. Int. Airport15 Sep 2006 11:07 pm

September, 2006
by Mike Levin

In order to enlarge and enhance Philadelphia International Airport, several million dollars worth of reports were carefully contracted for and controlled to demonstrate its worth; first extend a north-south runway which would send or bring flights in over Haverford 7.5 miles to the north.  Never mind that the runway won’t consistently  be used because it intersects at right angles with other runways.  A number of communities along its flight path from Lower Merion, Haverford, Lansdowne to Tinicum raised objections to increased noise and air pollution from unburned jet fuel with its additives. There was token planning for economic development to be created by FAA’s juggernaut approach or fuzzy reasoning about the infrastructure for safety or parking caused by spending over $30Million on the runway to shave less than a few minutes off flight delays, for which other methods exist but that were quickly eliminated from consideration. 

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Havertown PA Superfund14 Sep 2006 12:10 am

by Michael Levin, Ph.D., F.A.A.A.S.
September, 2006

A “critical” time period exists from January 2006 to the present, during which EPA currently is deliberating the final remedy at the Havertown PCP site.  Months have passed with a number of cancelled Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) meetings between the August 2005, 5-year review and a coming final Record of Decision (ROD) by the Environmental Protection Agency.  Haverford is right down to the wire; if you don’t speak up, the outcome will be determined for you.  That is just what the Environmental Protection Agency is hoping for.

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