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Alarming Quick Facts Regarding the Threat of Hanscom Field Airport to the Historic Area

Jet traffic at Hanscom Field is increasing at 21% per year which will lead to a 2.6 times increase in the next 5 years

Night flights at Hanscom Field have doubled in the last 3 years.

Today 18,000 acres or 5% of the four towns surrounding Hanscom are significantly impacted by airport noise according to EPA standards; in 20 years every acre and every landmark in these towns will be impacted.  

Massport says the communities and historic organizations have no legal right to participate in planning the growth of air traffic and noise at Hanscom Field.  

The recently renovated 1.3 mile long main runway is rated to handle the worlds largest aircraft.  

Concord Center, Rt 2A and Rt 2 are major access routes for Hanscom automotive traffic. These historic areas don’t need any more traffic.  

A report prepared by Massport concluded that increasing the output of carcinogenic Volatile Organic Compounds from Hanscom Field by 280% would have a “negligible” impact on the communities and historic sites 

A recent Boston Globe article disclosed Massport’s plans to double the hangar space at Hanscom in the next 18 months.   

Massport says Hanscom is already “New England’s busiest general aviation airport”. This airport is already carrying its share of the load.   

Former Governor Weld issued an executive order requiring State Agencies to incorporate local land-use plans into their growth plans, but Massport has declared themselves exempt from this order.  


Use of your own land is limited by many local zoning and environmental regulations, but Massport has declared that they are exempt from these regulations.  

There are already three SuperFund pollution sites at Hanscom Field and spills of Jet fuel and Hydraulic Fluid are considered an unfortunate but inevitable part of airport operations  

In a recent Globe article one of Massport’s own directors described Massport as “a public agency that has lost its sense of mission, confused its priorities, and forgotten the public it is supposed to serve” (Frederick Salvucci, June 19, p. 15)   

Hanscom is already known by pilots for its air traffic congestion. Further congestion means more circling aircraft, more danger, more noise over the historic sites, and more pollution.   

A recent Bank Boston / MIT study found that the primary reason why the High-Tech companies that drive the local economy locate in Massachusetts is the local quality of life and environment. Massport is not required to consider damage to this in their planning process.  

The four towns surrounding Hanscom have embarked on a joint planning effort to determine what kind of development is necessary or acceptable, but Massport has stated that they have no intention of adhering to our local plans. We must demand that Massport not be allowed to override our local plans for the future of our towns 

Massport’s own analysis of the economic benefit of Hanscom Field to the local communities shows that it provides a benefit equal to that of a small software company, yet its environmental impact is orders of magnitude greater 

Massport’s Charter as established by the Legislature gives them broad powers to override local laws with no checks and balances


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