116th Congress

TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS BILL 2020

September 2019

https://www.congress.gov/116/crpt/srpt109/CRPT-116srpt109.pdf


"Noise and Community Outreach.—The Committee directs the FAA to improve the development of flight procedures in ways that will give fair consideration to public comment and reduce noise through procedure modification and dispersion to reduce the impact on local communities. The FAA should utilize state-of-the-art tech- nologies, metrics, and methodologies to measure actual noise at ground level experienced in communities affected by flight paths and not rely solely on computer modeling or other theoretical meas- ures. The FAA should give high priority to evaluating where in- creased noise levels disrupts homes and businesses, and threatens public health, and should provide appropriate resources to regional offices to work with local communities to meet this objective. The Committee directs the FAA to provide a report to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations within 90 days of enactment of this act that details the efforts made by the FAA during the last two fiscal years to comply with Committee’s directives on this topic. The report must include detailed information on specific locations that have been reevaluated using the requested methodologies, the number of flight paths that have been altered as a result of that testing and community input, the number of properties that have been purchased, and any other mitigation efforts undertaken by the FAA."

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