Airport studies support cargo expansion; some residents express concerns

Posted: Friday, March 24, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Studies commissioned by Anchorage International Airport conclude that expanding cargo facilities into Turnagain Bog would have only mild impacts on noise, air pollution, traffic and the way water flows though the ground.

The four studies bring the airport one step closer to getting a 10-year permit to fill 265 acres in the bog. It wants to build warehouses and some other cargo facilities there.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to decide soon whether to issue the permit.

The blanket permit concerns some area residents who think the airport is growing at the expense of surrounding neighborhoods. Critics of the four studies also believe the airport underestimated how much plane traffic will increase once the land is developed.

The airport assumes in the four studies that air traffic will continue to grow about 3 percent a year, as it is now.

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