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December 3, 2008 at 2:50 PM

Sea-Tac and another runway

Enough is enough

State and local governments have spent years, millions of dollars and thousands of hours trying to define the need and location of new airport/runway capacity for Western Washington. And yet, the discussion always returns to expanding Sea-Tac Airport [“As third Sea-Tac runway opens, some seek a fourth,” News, Nov. 20].

When Metro needed a new sewer facility, it didn’t think about expanding West Point or Renton; it built a new facility called Brightwater. When prisons need expansion, the state builds new facilities. When airport capacity is needed, the 1948 Sea-Tac site has been chosen for continuous expansion time and time again.

The communities around Sea-Tac airport deserve some relief from noise pollution, air pollution and construction impacts.

It is time for the Port of Seattle to make an absolute commitment that there will never be another runway at Sea-Tac. This would assure the local communities that they would not be damaged again, and it would give clear direction to state and local governments that they would not have the Sea-Tac option to fall back on. They need to find a new site for a new runway.

— Stuart Creighton, Normandy Park

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