Washington, D.C.— Last week Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), co-chairs of the Quiet Skies Caucus, released a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Stephen Dickson requesting answers on aircraft noise mitigation efforts.  The letter, also signed by Caucus vice chairs Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-NY) and Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL), expresses serious concerns regarding airplane and helicopter noise and the FAA’s lack of responsiveness to impacted communities.

“Aircraft noise has caused sleep deprivation, homes to shake and health problems, such as increased risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease," the lawmakers wrote in the letter.  "Because you only recently began your service, we hope that this meeting can be the start of renewed engagement between the FAA, Congress and our constituents, and will lead to concrete steps to mitigate this noise.”

The Caucus requested a response within 30 days to more than 45 specific questions regarding the FAA’s efforts to reduce noise pollution. The full letter can be found here.