October 24, 2016

Warren, Markey, Capuano and Lynch Call on FAA to Increase Community Participation in Process to Address Airplane Noise

Letter Follows Concerns Raised by Milton Board of Selectmen About Involvement in Process

Text of the letter available here (PDF)

Washington, DC - Today, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, along with Representatives Michael Capuano and Stephen F. Lynch sent a letter to the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), requesting that the FAA work to increase community participation in the process to address airplane-related noise.

This letter follows a September letter from the Milton Board of Selectmen to the Administrator for the FAA New England Region and to the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) about the problem of increased airplane traffic over the Town of Milton and the associated aircraft noise and pollution that can negatively affect people's health.

The congressional delegation members wrote, "While we are pleased that the FAA and Massport recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to address aircraft noise concerns at Logan International Airport, we were troubled to hear that the stakeholders from the town of Milton and other communities experiencing increased airplane noise were not part of the process.   We ask that you please respond to the issues raised by Milton's Board of Selectmen and ensure that the FAA increases community outreach and participation as we work together to provide all of our communities with the relief they deserve.  As the FAA works with the Commonwealth, our affected communities deserve a transparent process that provides them with opportunities to provide information and examine data."

A PDF copy of today's letter is available here.