Congressman Sherman Applauds Passage of Legislation to Combat Airplane Noise
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed a major piece of legislation that will reform aspects of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
“Here in the San Fernando Valley, residents are concerned about the concentration of flights over our neighborhoods, homes, schools, and public spaces. This bill will require the FAA to consider diverging flight paths and adjusting departure procedure to address community concerns over noise,” said Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks).
The bill also imposes new requirements for the FAA to follow regarding flight altitude over noise sensitive areas. The FAA will also be required to examine new ways to reduce noise exposure and designate a special regional ombudsman to address the public’s concerns about aviation noise.
“This bill is a step in the right direction, and I hope that it will be signed into law soon. Last month, I specifically requested that the head of the FAA travel to the San Fernando Valley to address our local concerns about aviation noise,” Sherman said.
Sherman continued, “Much more needs to be done, and I will continue to fight for quieter skies over the San Fernando Valley.”
The FAA has agreed to hold public workshops in late October or early November, which will be an opportunity for the agency to explain how it will address the noise concerns of San Fernando Valley residents.
In August, Congressman Sherman sent a letter to the FAA requesting that they demonstrate why this change is necessary, complete the strongest possible environmental review, and allow for a public comment period before deciding on any changes.