Sarbanes, Van Hollen, Brown, Raskin Urge President Biden to Consider Airplane Noise Reduction Efforts In Nomination Of New FAA Administrator

Today, Congressman John Sarbanes joined Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Anthony Brown and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) joined Congressman Don Beyer (D-Va.) in writing to President Biden urging that he strongly consider the reduction of airplane noise and the improvement of communication with local communities as he makes his nomination of a new Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The letter was also signed by U.S. Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.), and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).

“We write to respectfully request that, as you nominate the next Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), you select someone who understands the importance of reducing aviation noise as a key part of implementing FAA policies and procedures. As members representing the National Capital Region, our constituents are significantly harmed by aviation noise from some of the nation’s busiest airports,” the lawmakers wrote.

They pointed to the harms of airplane noise, noting, “Aviation noise causes annoyance, stress, sleep disruption, and negatively affects the quality of life of constituents across the National Capital Region. Current federal law designates FAA as having almost all authority over airport noise. While FAA has acknowledged this role and the detrimental impacts of aircraft noise on airport-adjacent communities, much more action is needed in a timely manner to help mitigate airplane noise in the region.

“Communities residing within the National Capital Region continue to express frustration with lackluster communication with the FAA, so it is important that an incoming Administrator prioritize this issue. We look forward to working with your nominee for FAA Administrator to address aviation noise in the National Capital Region and again urge you to choose someone who will take the issue seriously,” the lawmakers concluded.