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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Bass, Quiet Skies Caucus Push for Action on Airplane Noise in FY’18 Spending Bill

April 7, 2017
Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.— In light of increasing constituent concerns over the effect of airplane noise on their health and their lives, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and the Congressional Quiet Skies Caucus are seeking expedited review of FAA noise standards and urging funding for health studies. Rep. Bass is also looking at legislation, regulations, and funding options to lessen the noise, whether that be through changing flight paths or any other methods of mitigation.

The Quiet Skies Caucus, led by co-chairs Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-NY) and vice chairs Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-MA) and Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL), wrote to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development requesting they include in the subcommittee’s fiscal year 2018 appropriations bill two important provisions to help mitigate airplane noise.  The Caucus requested that the Subcommittee “provide funding for health studies on the impact of airplane and helicopter noise on communities and that you include report language directing the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct an expedited review of their noise standards.”

“The continual barrage of airplane noise at all hours is absolutely unacceptable,” Rep. Bass said. “My office has received increasing complaints over the past two years, which have escalated to a flood in recent weeks.  I encourage constituents to help build the official record of the problem by reporting the noise events to LAX noise management, and to stay in touch with my office.  The concentration of noise over particular neighborhoods in the wake of the FAA Metroplex implementation here is particularly harmful.”

The Quiet Skies Caucus is an organization in Congress dedicated to reducing the impact of aircraft noise in the communities across the nation. 

The full text of the letter can be found here.