Here Comes Jets And Noise To Hillsboro and Orenco
The debate has quietly raged between a group of concerned Washington County Citizens and the Port of Portland over the expansion of the Hillsboro Airport. For a long time the airport has been the subject of the debate that the region needs another Airport versus the issues of livability for the Citizens of the City of Hillsboro and the Orenco community. Other areas are affected too.
Lead Poisoning is a huge concern for all of us as Oregon Aviation Watch has found our region is subject to very high lead levels now as a result of the local airport; one that was designed for small planes but is being pushed ahead to be a bigger regional airport.
Can the area maintain a livable quality? This is one area we need to worry about. Noise! Lead! Loss of Privacy! Being in the path of a wreck form an oncoming Jet! All very real world worries.
For me and mine it is always a value added debate. These proposed Jet flights add little or no value to anyone but top tier business executives and corps – they do not want to be inconvenienced by growing traffic concerns so why not just fly the private jet into Hillsboro? After all the working class will understand. This is wrong- a legal case is pending before the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to settle some land use issues and the Port Of Portland is plowing ahead- No the right thing to do is allow the various issues to be heard before opening the new runway next month!
Wake up people – this is a huge issue! Protect your property values and your families and friends. Get Involved. Read up – call your representatives.
Here is an article from Oregon Aviation Watch-
Below is a link to a 4/6/15 article and TV clip by KOIN TV Channel 6 reporter, Lisa Balick, on the third runway expansion at the Hillsboro Airport (HIO). Per the report, the new runway is expected to open in a few weeks. The Port of Portland and the Federal Aviation Administration chose to construct this runway despite neighborhood opposition including a challenge in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Oregon Aviation Watch Appealing Third Runway
In the 84 years during which HIO has grown from a grassy airstrip into the largest general aviation airport in the state, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Port of Portland have never taken a hard look or engaged in a thorough and comprehensive investigation of the environmental impacts of this facility by completing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). As a result the full impact of HIO, which accommodates the largest flight training school in the Pacific Northwest, has not been evaluated.
HIO is a major Washington County facility source of lead, PM 2.5, ethyl benzene and a number of other air toxins. Many are known or suspected carcinogens. Some are linked with a higher incidence of asthma, respiratory disorders, cardiac disease and a host of other debilitating and potentially life threatening health conditions.
In addition, the frequent noise intrusions from HIO aviation activity pose significant health risks and play a significant role in eroding livability and interfering with the ability of residents to enjoy their properties.
As part of our ongoing quest to insure public accountability, restore livability, and protect the environment,Oregon Aviation Watch is continuing with its appeal of the third runway. Even though the runway has now been built, the Court has yet to rule on the possibility of irreparable harm and significant environmental impacts due to the actual usage of the runway.
We are seeking your support in this all volunteer effort to address the serious environmental, health, and livability degradations resulting from HIO aviation activity. All contributions will go directly towards covering legal costs. Please help by sending tax-deductible donations to:
PO Box 838
Banks, Oregon 97106
You can also donate via PayPal at www.oregonaviationwatch.org.
Oregon Aviation Watch is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. (U.S. tax-exempt number is 27-3131841.)
We are sincerely grateful to all community members who have supported Oregon Aviation Watch and other airport appeals in the past. Your willingness to stand behind this effort is sincerely appreciated.