Airport plan prompts pollution, noise concerns
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DALLAS, Ga. (AP) — Plans to create what would be metro Atlanta's second commercial airport have prompted concerns ranging from noise at a National Park to potential harm to rare fish in nearby streams.

The concerns are outlined as part of an environmental assessment for Silver Comet Field northwest of Atlanta. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( obtained dozens of comments submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration through an open records request.

The National Park Service wrote of its concern about potential sound at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, the site of key battles in the American Civil War and one of the area's biggest tourist attractions.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asked for the assessment to address impacts to the Cherokee darter fish.

The Coosa River Basin Initiative, American Rivers and Georgia River Network expressed concerns about Bluffy, Pumpkinvine and Raccoon creeks. The group said the Cherokee and Etowah darters are found in the upper Coosa River basin and nowhere else in the world.

Other letters came from residents, some of whom were supportive of bringing commercial flights to Silver Comet Field at Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport.

Paulding County resident Mike Farmer wrote that "this expansion gives the county great opportunities."

Others, such as Kim and Glenn Cooper, raised concerns about possible environmental impacts.

"We do not want fuel fumes, run off, de-icer material, noise pollution," the Coopers wrote.

The city of Atlanta also added input. The plan "has the potential to dramatically impact the environmental, airspace, noise and commercial landscapes in the Atlanta metropolitan area, without any demonstrated need or benefit," according to a letter from Atlanta's Chief Operating Officer Michael Geisler. Atlanta, which owns Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, has strongly opposed the plan from the start.

Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport Director Blake Swafford said he expects the environmental study to take at least nine months — stretching hopes for airline service into 2015, more than a year later than initially planned.

The FAA said it has reviewed the comments and a contractor will do the study.


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Larry R
July 28, 2014
Here's what I find interesting. As a Paulding County resident I see countless commercial aircraft flying over my house when aircraft are approaching Hartsfield-Jackson from the west.

Why haven't these groups said anything about the thousands of flights that fly over us at about 7,500 ft AGL on a daily basis? They create the same amount of pollution don’t they?

Why is it these groups haven't tried to stop Hartsfeild-Jackson from expanding?

Over 75% of Paulding County employed residents drive out of the county on a daily basis to work elsewhere. A great majority of those people drive through Cobb County. Have you ever sat in morning and/or afternoon traffic on Rt.120 driving through the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield and noticed how many Paulding County license plates you see? Let me just tell you it a good amount.

I am sure the residents who live along Whitlock Avenue, Polk Street, Burnt Hickory Road, and so on would love to see less congestions, especially that of Paulding County residents.

The Paulding County Airport, a.k.a. Silver Comet Field, is being transformed from a general aviation airport to a commercial airport to bring MRO and manufacturing jobs to the county. In order to entice these companies we need to have limited commercial air service seen at other airports throughout the state that have larger aerospace companies building and repairing aircraft and aircraft parts.

So these groups who oppose the airport’s future need to understand a limited amount of commercial aviation is less impactful on the environment when compared to about 40,000 drivers who drive through and to Cobb County for their jobs on a daily basis.

If the airport can create jobs and Paulding County can bring other employers to the county then we will have less of an impact on the Cobb County residents and less of an environmental impact on the Atlanta metro.

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