By Madina Toure
U.S. Sen Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling on the Port Authority to accelerate the completion of airplane noise studies in communities surrounding John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports.
Once they are completed, the Part 150 studies, which assess the effects of aircraft noise, will propose measures to reduce excessive noise. Schumer said he has been a longtime supporter of the studies.
“While there is no silver bullet when it comes to addressing noise pollution around airports, the completion of the Part 150 studies can help play an important role in providing relief to communities,” he said. “These important studies will finally evaluate the best ways to address noise impacts in communities surrounding JFK and LaGuardia Airport.”
The Part 150 study, also known as the Airport Noise Compatibility Planning, is part of a program that consists of a meticulous approach for airport operators, airlines, pilots, neighboring communities and the FAA to use as they work together to decrease the number of people who live in high-noise areas.
The study mandates that members of the public can directly participate in the process through public hearings and meetings.
Through the study, airport operators can consider different methods of lowering the noise, including changing operational procedures such as takeoffs and landings, routing flight paths over less noise-sensitive areas or providing sound insulation for homes, schools and other buildings near airports.
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