Combating Air Noise Pollution
Air noise pollution is the target of a new $20 million bill co-sponsored by Congressman Anthony Weiner. The Quiet Communities Act of 1999, H.R. 2702, will aim to reduce aircraft noise.
Congressman Weiner, author of the Silent Skies Act and the Weiner Amendment, which authorized $30 million in funds to combat airport noise, is again taking legislative action to reduce the din of aircraft noise that plagues Queens residents. The Quiet Communities Act would reopen the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Noise Abatement and Control (ONAC), the federal agency responsible for protecting the public from the adverse effects of noise. The bill will provide $20 million per year to reduce noise pollution by coordinating federal noise abatement activities, providing technical assistance to local communities, and promoting research and education on the impacts of noise pollution.
ONAC will also use these funds to study and report on the noise thresholds at which health impacts are felt, and the implementation of noise abatement programs at airports around the nation. Potential health problems resulting from noise pollution include psychological and physiological damage, such as hypertension, cardiovascular problems and sleeping disorders.
"Quieting airport noise has been among my top priorities in my first year in congress," Weiner said. "When congress reconvenes in January, I will continue to fight to see that our homes and schools are better protected from the risks of air noise. Hearing damage and air pollution should never be the consequences of living in Queens communities."