Illinois airport sues FAA over control tower cuts - FOX 32 News Chicago

Bloomington-Normal airport sues FAA over control tower cuts

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (Associated Press) -

Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington-Normal has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration alleging that its plans to cut funding for air traffic control violate federal law.

The airport is 1 of 5 in Illinois that are set to lose federal funding for control towers under the across-the-board government budget cuts.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reported Friday that the suit seeks a judicial review of the decision.

The airport authority says it plans to continue control tower service even if it has to pay the $500,000 yearly bill itself.

Its legal action, filed Wednesday in Washington, charges the FAA is in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act. That law requires a review process of environmental and socioeconomic factors before making major changes to airports.

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