The Mayor lambasts the FAA for not taking action to remedy aircraft noise impacting NW DC. She asks the Secretary of Transportation who oversees the FAA to immediately revert northbound departures from National Airport to the former flight path in effect until 2015. See letter attached here.
We have received a letter from concerned community activists living near Boston's Logan International Airport. They ask for our support for bill HR 3938 which directs the FAA to collaborate with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in providing a report on the health impacts of air traffic noise and pollution.
The D.C. Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) is holding a public meeting on the FY2017 DCA Airplane Noise Assessment Study, which was conducted by Freytag and Associates, LLC. Representatives from Freytag and Associates, LLC will discuss their findings and make a presentation.
Good news! Residents and city officials in Phoenix, Arizona who argue that noise from flight paths at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is destroying their neighborhoods have won their case against the FAA.
In a 2-1 decision (attached here), the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Phoenix and vacated the new NEXTGEN routes that the FAA had established over historic Phoenix neighborhoods and parks without any environmental review. While our case has significantly different facts, the willingness of the Court to find reasonable grounds for not filing a notice of appeal within 60 days of a final Order is helpful. As is the Court’s finding that notifying two low-level employees was not adequate notice to Phoenix of the rulemaking, because the D.C. State Historic Preservation Office was informed about the 2013 environmental assessment that the FAA contends was the final order in our case. Having dismissed the government’s arguments about the case being untimely, the Court went on to find for Phoenix on every substantive ground raised, which is very helpful to our case in which we make similar arguments. Our counsel, Mat Adams, was counsel for the neighborhood association petitioners in that case.