Raskin Highlights Constituents’ Frustration With FAA Noise Pollution
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TIME AS HE MAY REQUIRE FOR THE PURPOSES OF A COLLOQUY. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED. MR. RASKIN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN PRICE. I RISE TODAY TO SHARE THE FRUSTRATIONS OF MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM SEVERE NOISE POLLUTION CAUSED BY THE F.A.A.’S NEXTGEN PROGRAM WHICH HAS ALTERED FLIGHT PATHS TO REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT. MCGOMRY COUNTY, MARYLAND, RESIDENTS WHO LIVE AS MUCH AS 20 MILES AWAY FROM THE AIRPORT HAVE EXPERIENCED A 300% TO 500% INCREASE IN AIR TRAFFIC OVER THEIR HOMES. THE FLESIGHT PATHS CHANGE WITH NOISE POLLUTION. AS 400 FLIGHTS A DAY CROSS OVER BETHESDA AT LOW ALTITUDES, MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS ARE WOKEN UP AT NIGHT, OTHERS ARE DISTRACTED AT WORK BY THE ONSLAUGHT OF NOISE AND THERE ARE CHILDREN COMPLAINING THEY CANNOT HEAR THEIR TEACHERS SPEAK OVER THE NOISE OCCASIONALLY CAUSED BY COMMERK JETS FLYING OVER THEIR — COMMERCIAL JETS FLYING OVER THEIR SCHOOLS. OVER THREE YEARS OF INCESSANT DISTURBANCE OF THEIR PEACE AND QUIET, MY CONSTITUENTS WERE STUNNED LAST MONTH WHEN THE F.A.A. ANNOUNCED IT WOULD IMPLEMENT YET ANOTHER CHANGE TO FLIGHT PATHS AT REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT THAT WOULD LEAD TO EVEN MORE AIR TRAFFIC OVER OUR COMMUNITIES. THE F.A.A. CASUALLY ANNOUNCED CHANGE SLATED FOR AN AUGUST, 2019, IMPLEMENTATION DATE. AT A MEETING WITH THE COMMUNITY WORKING GROUP THAT WORKS WITH THE F.A.A. TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM OF NOISE POLLUTION AT NATIONAL AIRPORTS, GIVEN THE SUBSTANTIAL CONSEQUENCES OF THIS CHANGE AND THE COMPLETE LACK OF PUBLIC INPUT IN ITS DEVELOPMENT, I URGE THE F.A.A. TO DELAY THE IMPLEMENTATION DATE AND TO ENGAGE SERIOUSLY WITH OUR COMMUNITY WORKING GROUP WHICH IS EAGER TO EVALUATE THE PROPOSED CHANGES AND WORK TOWARDS ALTERNATIVE PROPOSALS OR STRATEGIES TO AVERT OR AT LEAST MITIGATE THE IMPACT. IT’S MY HOPE, WITH CHAIRMAN, WITH THE $17.7 BILLION THAT THIS BILL APPROPRIATES TO THE F.A.A., THE AGENCY WILL TAKE SERIOUS STEPS TOWARDS DRAMATICALLY REDUCING THE NOISE POLLUTION IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS IN MY DISTRICT, IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY, AND THROUGHOUT THE NATION. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN PRICE, FOR

6 thoughts on “Raskin Highlights Constituents’ Frustration With FAA Noise Pollution

  1. Thank you, Representative Raskin! The southern Montgomery County community needs to be engaged in an equitable solution for regional air traffic pathways in and out of DCA.

  2. This is a great entry into the congressional record. However, further attention needs to be paid to the mushrooming amount of military (US Army) helicopter traffic flying along the Potomac River between the DC area and the American Legion Bridge (the I-495 beltway at about the 10 o’clock position on the beltway, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstate_495_(Capital_Beltway)) These seem to be missions to nowhere with many of the flights of these VERY LOUD copters flying out along the river and then circling back towards DC. It looks like DC has become a training facility of we have a lot of US Army helicopter stationed here flying enough time each month/quarter to get flight pay. Low level flights at high speed at about 10 PM aren't unusual. Either these flights need to be trimmed back to the pre-2015 level or the public needs to be told of the essential military mission(s) that make these flights necessary.

  3. Thank you, Representative Raskin.  VA has been successful in reducing its air traffic noise pollution, and unfortunately, it has been at the expense of MoCo.  Thank you for requesting a delay of FAAs August proposal and a more equitable solution.

  4. NextGen flight paths have more than tripled the airlines profits since they took effect. Google it for yourself. The FAA is corrupt and has been receiving kick backs from those profits to look the other way. Politicians have defunded the EPA from noise and environmental studies of the flight paths. Thanks a lot to our greedy corporate masters and the sleezy politicians that allowed this happen. Rot in hell!!!

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