Statement On Third Runway

December 13, 2002

Congressman Adam Smith today admonished the decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to grant a conditional 404 permit to the Port of Seattle to build a third runway at Seatac International Airport. 

"I am very disappointed with the Corps' announcement to grant a 404 permit to the Port of Seattle. The environmental damage and skyrocketing costs associated with the third runway cannot continue to be ignored to the detriment of the communities surrounding the airport and all of Washington state. The facts are on our side and I am confident that the science upon which our arguments have based will ultimately prevail."

"The third runway puts salmon bearing streams, important wetlands, a drinking water aquifer, and ultimately our communities at great risk. From the beginning, this runway has been an ill-conceived idea that will do little to solve the region's long-term transportation problems."

"I am committed to fighting the third runway. I will continue to work with the affected communities to explore all available options in our efforts to expose truth: the third runway is the wrong answer for our region's transportation needs.