Stop Projects at Trenton Mercer Airport Until PFAS Remediated

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Whereas,

  • the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection 2020 Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report highlights the importance of clean water to Pennsylvania citizens along with its extensive restoration efforts and seeks public comment by Aug 11, 2020,
  • the former Naval Air Warfare Center site in West Trenton, NJ is known to have groundwater polluted with PFAS (poly and perfluoroalkyl substances) and other toxic chemicals,  (For more information: Philadelphia Inquirer and US Dept HHS)
  • the expansion plans of the Trenton Mercer airport (TTN) will increase the water runoff through the former Naval Air Warfare Center site and into the Delaware River, which is the drinking water supply for thousands of Bucks County (PA) and Mercer County (NJ) residents,
  • proactively avoiding dangerous water pollution is in the best interests of the health, environment and community of Bucks County (PA) and Mercer County (NJ) citizens;

And Whereas,

  • The Trenton Mercer Airport continues to move forward with plans to expand the airport substantially with no regard for the water, air, wildlife, other environment impacts or its citizens in the surrounding region;

the undersigned concerned citizens hereby request and petition that

  • the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection should vigorously oppose the expansion plans of the Trenton Mercer Airport (TTN) that will potentially increase water pollution in the state
  • the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) should re-examine its plans and re-prioritize the importance of clean water to the region as a one of the primary goals
  • the Trenton Mercer Airport should conduct a full and comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to assess the cumulative effect of its expansion over the last twenty years and its future expansion plans, particularly considering the impact of PFAS pollutants on the Delaware River drinking water supply
  • the Mercer County (NJ) Board of Freeholders should immediately halt ALL expansion plans for the Trenton-Mercer Airport until a cumulative Environmental Impact Statement is completed that truly measures the negative impacts to all affected Pennsylvania and New Jersey municipalities, with a full public review
  • elected officials at every level of local and state government in Pennsylvania should vigorously use all means at their disposal demand that Mercer County (NJ) officials halt the airport expansion.