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A National Football League stadium in Laurel would meet all federal, state and local air quality standards, the Redskins' environmental engineer testified yesterday.

Robert P. Newman, of E.A. Engineering Science and Technology, Inc., spoke at a public hearing at Meade Senior High School, now in its third week.

The Redskins are seeking a special exception allowing them to build a 78,600-seat, $160 million stadium in an industrial zone next to Laurel Race Course. They also are seeking seven variances from county codes on matters such as parking, landscaping and time limits for project completion.

Stadium opponents have cited air quality concerns to argue that the Redskins should build their new home in an urban setting, with mass transit already in place. However, Mr. Newman said the auto emissions from game-day stadium traffic "would not be detrimental to public health, safety and welfare."

Federal standards allow 40 milligrams of carbon monoxide per cubic meter of air. Mr. Newman said the highest level that would result from stadium traffic would be 21 milligrams per cubic meter of air at a spot along Whiskey Bottom Road.

And, Mr. Newman said, the impact on ozone levels would be too small to measure with the regional computer modeling used by the EPA.

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