Les Pollués de Montréal-Trudeau announced Wednesday they have hired a lawyer to request a declaratory judgment in Quebec Superior Court requiring that Aéroports de Montréal respect internal regulations restricting takeoffs and landings between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
It is demanding as well that the airport authority hold public consultations on a $2.5-billion expansion planned for 2030, which will add between 10 and 14 new gates to the airport, which they argue is required under the Civil Code pertaining to environmental protection.
At the same time, the group is filing a request to launch a second class-action lawsuit, to investigate and act upon a reported increase in air pollution around the airport. A McGill University study published in late December reported that air pollution levels on the airport grounds were higher than in downtown Montreal at rush hour, and include a high proportion of airborne particles containing heavy metals harmful to human health.
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We'll see how successful they'll be with requests and the impact it could have on the airport's development. Should authorities consider relocating the airport in the medium to long term?