Menendez Inserts NJ/NY/Philly Air Noise Study Into Senate Aviation Bill

Menendez Inserts NJ/NY/Philly Air Noise Study Into Senate Aviation Bill

Provision will require FAA to monitor and report air noise impacts as a result of airspace redesign around New Jersey, New York, Philly airports

Washington - As the U.S. Senate considers legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has secured an agreement to include a provision to require the FAA to monitor and report air noise impacts related to the FAA's airspace redesign for New Jersey, New York City and Philadelphia. The FAA claims that the redesign will actually reduce air noise impacts, but many New Jersey families living along new flight paths expressed concern over the plan leading up to its implementation in 2007.

"The constant roar of jet engines overhead can interrupt children trying to learn in school, conversations at the dinner table, or the sleep of an infant, " said Menendez. "Many of us were concerned about the noise effects of the redesign plan, but the FAA insisted that air noise would actually be reduced. The FAA's contention was based solely on computer modeling and not measurement of air noise. My amendment will provide the data on actual air noise impacts and help us make policy decisions going forward."

The Menendez provision directs the FAA to monitor the noise impacts of the redesign no later than nine months after enactment of the bill and every six months thereafter. It will report to Congress on its findings.

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