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NH city votes down airport expansion plan

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LEBANON, N.H. (AP) - The City Council in Lebanon, N.H., has defeated a plan to expand a runway at the Lebanon Municipal Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration had sought a $20 million project. The city would have been expected to contribute about $1 million.

An FAA spokesman said the airport is in compliance with federal regulations; the project addressed the need for improved runway safety areas.

The council instead approved a plan to make minor improvements, which include shortening the runway slightly.

Assistant Mayor Steve Wood told the Valley News the underlying issue was that the FAA never demonstrated why the project was necessary for airport safety.

He said that the FAA was telling Lebanon to go forward with it, "because we said so," which he compared to a bully in a bar.

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