The sample letter below may be used by anyone for their U.S. Senator. The addresses below are for New York Senator's Schumer and Gillibrand, but you may simply copy and paste the content of the letter, below, into a contact form for your U.S. Senator as well.
The Honorable Charles E. Schumer
United States Senate322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
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For: Senator Gillibrand (because she will not allow users to input copied and pasted information into her contact form) please use:
Copy the below content and, using the links above (if from New York state), paste it into their contact form.
Dear U.S. Senator
Your constituents need your help and time is running out We ask that you get involved in the noise issue and help us get the aircraft noise threshold changed from 65 to 55 DNL.
As you know the house has released its version of the 2016 FAA re authorization bill but it does not change the noise threshold.
The bill does include some legislation that addresses reviews of FAA decisions and better communications between the affected public and the FAA. Unfortunately addition reviews and more talk cannot accomplish anything because as long as long as the DNL threshold stays at 65 DNL any new reviews or reviews of previous reviews will always yield the same conclusion; no corrective action need be considered. Please do what you can to get your colleagues to support a change from 65 DNL to 55 DNL.
Addtionally, the following should be worked into the language of the 2016 FAA Reauthorization Bill.
1 When evaluating whether to approve a new flight, take off or landing procedure below 6000 feet, the FAA should be required to demonstrate that the health and safety of individuals on the ground are given the same level of importance as the safety and efficiency criteria currently used to justify a noise increase. The congress has apparently forgotten about what they committed to in the noise control act of 1972.
2 Along with increase community involvement currently discussed in HR 4441, the FAA shall make available to the community the results of noise and pollution analyses used to justify a change to any flight, take off or landing procedure below 6000 feet. The data shall be available to the community thirty days before final approval of the change.
3 The FAA shall establish a criteria to establish when a level of complaints of noise and pollution that justifies mitigation independent of, for example, a specific noise level.
We note that in the United States Court of Appeals FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIRCUIT, it was decided that the FAA has the authority to change flight paths to mitigate noise at any DNL level. That is as long as citizens complain of aircraft noise and the FAA feels the noise should be mitigated they have the authority to change flight paths for example. There is no need to show that the noise level is at or above 65 DNL.
1. The Congress declares that it is the policy of the United States to promote an environment for all Americans free from noise that jeopardizes their health or welfare. NOISE CONTROL ACT of 1972
2. United States Court of Appeals FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIRCUIT Argued May 10, 2013 Decided July 12, 2013 No. 12 1335 HELICOPTER ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL, INC., PETITIONER v. FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, RESPONDENT
Thank you in advance for your help.