Paulding airport plan faces new legal challenge | www.myajc.com

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Nov

Paulding airport plan faces new legal challenge | www.myajc.com

Plans for a second commercial airport in metro Atlanta have hit more turbulence, with local residents filing another legal challenge to the Paulding County airport’s plans to bring in airline flights.

The residents — who have raised concerns that the airport’s plans were made in secrecy without public input — argue that the Federal Aviation Administration’s environmental approvals for taxiway and runway expansions were granted without analyzing the effects of commercial airline service.

The Paulding residents — Susan Wilkins, Anthony Avery and five others — “will suffer adverse environmental effects from the Airport’s expansion” and thus have an interest in the FAA decision, states the petition for review filed this week in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington by law firm Sidley Austin LLP.

At the heart of the challenge is the argument that the Paulding County Airport Authority “mischaracterized the real scope of the total project and the nature of the work,” according to a related request for an administrative stay sent to the FAA by Sidley Austin.

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