Meng Introduces Legislation to Mitigate Excessive Aircraft Noise
Feb 14, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman’s measure would lower FAA’s noise standard
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens), a founding member and former Co-Chair of the Congressional Quiet Skies Caucus, announced the introduction of legislation that would require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to lower the standard at which the agency determines acceptable noise levels in residential areas.
The Congresswoman’s bill aims to lower the Day-Night Average Sound Level (DNL) from 65 to 60, and develop a plan to bring it down to 55 within ten years. Lowering the U.S. noise standard would mitigate the excessive airplane noise that continues to plague Queens and other communities throughout the nation. It would allow more residents to qualify for federal sound insulation programs and reduce noise pollution in their homes. Europe’s acceptable noise exposure levels from aircrafts is a full 10 decibels lower than the U.S. standard.
Meng’s measure would also…