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U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Rejects Claims Challenging Proposed Modernization Plan for O'Hare International Airport

On August 4, 2006, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected claims challenging the City of Chicago's proposed modernization plan for O'Hare International Airport. In Village of Bensenville v. FAA, the court rejected a claim that the FAA violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) by approving the proposed project that entails relocation of a cemetery. The court based its decision on the fact that the FAA's involvement in the proposed project did not trigger the requirements of RFRA.