JUNEAU (AP) -- A U.S. Senate committee has approved spending $2 million to pay for an Environmental Impact Statement for a new Juneau heliport.
The community has been looking to balance complaints by some residents, who say helicopter flights taking tourists to see the Juneau Icefield cause too much noise, with operators who want more flights.
A study funded by the city determined that two locations south of the city were the most likely locations for an alternative heliport. The Thane Neighborhood Association is fighting the alternative at Dupont, 7.5 miles southeast of Juneau.
The Senate Appropriations Committee last week approved the impact statement funds. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, added the money to the Fiscal Year 2003 Transportation appropriations bill.
The measure must still be passed by the full Senate and reconciled with its counterpart in the U.S. House.
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