Dole, Burr Awaitng OLF Process Before Taking Position

Two U-S senators say they'll wait before taking a position on a proposed Navy landing field in eastern North Carolina.

That's despite years of study and lingering safety concerns.

Environmentalists say the Navy has ignored the dangers of putting jet aircraft in the same airspace with thousands of waterfowl that spend the winter at Pocosin Lakes Wildlife Refuge.

The area also supports a growing population of endangered red wolves.

Senators Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr, both Republicans, say they'll try to ensure the Navy follows the law and addresses concerns raised in the state.

Both senators say they don't want to interfere with the military's work toward finding a suitable airfield for pilots to practice aircraft carrier landings.