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Beyer and Norton Push For Action on Airplane Noise in FY’18 Spending Bill

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Washington, April 6, 2017 | comments

Congressman Don Beyer and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton wrote House Appropriations Committee Members in support of airplane noise mitigation provisions in the fiscal year Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill (T-HUD).

“Airplane noise is a pervasive problem around the United States, but especially in Northern Virginia neighborhoods below ever-shifting flight paths in and out of DCA. To date, the FAA has not satisfactorily addressed the situation, while the problem has worsened in many communities. It is past time for Congress to take action, and I hope my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee heed our call.”

Beyer and Norton, both members of the Congressional Quiet Skies Caucus, urged the Committee to fund health studies on the effects of airplane noise. Past studies linked excessive exposure to noise with hypertension and learning difficulties.

“Airplane noise caused by FAA’s new NextGen flight paths into and out of Reagan National Airport is wreaking havoc on District of Columbia neighborhoods, and it is critical that the FAA recognizes the potentially serious health effects,” said Congresswoman Norton.  “Our constituents have raised concerns, and a new independent health study is the least we can do in order to fully understand the impact of airplane noise.  The Quiet Skies Caucus will continue to press this important national issue in order to get action from the FAA and remedies for our communities.”

Due to mounting levels of noise in communities nation-wide, mostly stemming from implementation of the FAA’s NextGen program, the Members stressed the need for an updated FAA-led study. Beyer and Norton also requested that the Appropriators include language directing the FAA to expedite its review of current noise standards.

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