The towns of Hull, Hingham and Cohasset claimed that theproposed runway would increase their air and noise pollution intheir lawsuit against the Massachusetts Port Authority, whichoversees the airport. The lawsuit was one of the last hopes thetowns had of preventing the runway. This past summer the FederalAviation Administration approved the new runway with thestipulation that it be used only under very windy conditions.

According to Barbara Platt, spokesperson for Massport, bothsides in the case asked the judge for a summary decision. "We'repleased with the decision," she tells

But Massport is not out of the woods yet. A 28-year oldinjunction needs to be lifted before construction on the runway canstart. The trial for that case is scheduled for this comingJanuary.

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