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Beyer Reintroduces Legislation To Promote Cleaner, Quieter Airplanes Ahead Of Meeting With FAA Regional Administrator

Rep. Don Beyer, who serves as Chair of the House Science Committee’s Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, today reintroduced the Cleaner, Quieter Airplanes Act. The legislation would bolster NASA’s efforts to reduce emissions from the aviation industry while also reducing the impact of airplane noise in airport-adjacent communities. Climate change and aircraft noise have consistently been two of the most frequent sources of constituent calls and emails since Beyer took office in 2015.

“As the climate crisis continues to inflict damage on American communities, Congress must look at every available option to reduce emissions, and that should include the aviation industry,” said Rep. Beyer. “The Cleaner, Quieter Airplanes Act would address climate change and reduce noise pollution from aircraft, a problem I have regularly heard about from Northern Virginians for years. Americans want cleaner air and quieter skies, and I will be making the case for this legislation to my colleagues in Congress.”

Beyer is meeting today with Marie Kennington-Gardiner, Eastern Regional Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), to discuss reducing the impacts of airplane noise in the Northern Virginia.

Text of the bill is available here.

Beyer serves as co-Chair of the Congressional Safe Climate Caucus, and is an active member of the Quiet Skies Caucus working to reduce aircraft noise in Northern Virginia.