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Court of Appeals Denies Challenge to FAA's Decision Not to Supplement an EIS for Boston Logan Airport

On July 23, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit denied a petition for review challenging the FAA's decision not to supplement an EIS for Boston Logan International Airport. In a Record of Decision (ROD) issued in 2002, the FAA deferred final approval of a new taxiway, pending further study of operational changes. The Town of Winthrop and two residents challenged the adequacy of the FAA's April 2007 ROD and Written Reevaluation, in which the FAA determined that a supplemental EIS was not required and approved construction of the new taxiway. The court rejected petitioners' claims that the FAA had failed to adequately consider whether there had been significant changes since the 2002 ROD.