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Worthington noise consultant says Don Scott expansion means more noise

A consultant hired by the city of Worthington says Ohio State's plans to expand the university's airport will have a significant impact on the environment in the form of noise.

That contradicts the university's own analysis released earlier this year.

Ohio State wants to lengthen the North runway at Don Scott Field by an additional 3,000 feet and build new hangars on the south side of the airport.

But officials and residents in Worthington are worried about the impact those changes could have on their community, which is in the airport's flight path. So, the city hired aviation consultants, including attorney David Zoll to scrutinize the university's noise data. He found the the expansion will show a significant impact on the envrionment.

The city calls on OSU to do a full environmental impact study that would carefully examine noise and other possible environmental impacts.

University spokeswoman Elizabeth Conlisk says OSU stands behind its environmental assessment. The university's report released last month found that with the runway expansion noise levels at homes, schools, churches and other buildings in the area would not exceed maximums defined by the FAA and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Tamara Keith has been a White House correspondent for NPR since 2014 and co-hosts the NPR Politics Podcast, the top political news podcast in America. Keith has chronicled the Trump administration from day one, putting this unorthodox presidency in context for NPR listeners, from early morning tweets to executive orders and investigations. She covered the final two years of the Obama presidency, and during the 2016 presidential campaign she was assigned to cover Hillary Clinton. In 2018, Keith was elected to serve on the board of the White House Correspondents' Association.