Author Archives: Steven M. Taber

Some Things Do Not Change: Aviation Groups Object to Protecting Public Health Through Enforceable Noise Standards

Some things never change. The airport and airline groups lobbying Congress that a new, beautiful, noise-free future is “just around the corner” so there is no need for enforceable noise standards. http://bit.ly/2MuInpd In 1972 during the Senate debate on the … Continue reading

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D.C. Circuit Schedules Oral Argument in SoCal Metroplex Matter

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit scheduled oral argument for the Southern California Metroplex case (Donald Vaughn v. FAA, No. 16-1377 and consolidated cases) for October 18, 2018, at 9:30a at the E. Barrett Prettyman … Continue reading

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FAA Issues Final Environmental Assessment and FONSI/ROD for Cleveland/Detroit Metroplex

On April 30, 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration issued its Final Environmental Assessment (http://bit.ly/2syCyhF) and Finding of No Significant Impact/Record of Decision (FONSI/ROD http://bit.ly/2kHMkKZ ) for what it calls the “Cleveland/Detroit Metroplex.” In essence, as part of the FAA’s “Next … Continue reading

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FAA Files Response Brief in SoCal Metroplex Aviation Noise Case

Yesterday, May 15, 2018, FAA filed its Response Brief in the Southern California Metroplex matter currently pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. http://bit.ly/2GrN8Mw In case you missed it, here is our Opening Brief http://bit.ly/2rIsmCO that … Continue reading

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Georgetown Residents File Motion for Rehearing En Banc in Their Fight Against Reagan National Aircraft Noise and Pollution

Georgetown residents file Motion for Rehearing En Banc in their fight against new departure routes from Reagan National Airport that bring aircraft lower and closer to Georgetown creating much more noise and pollution. The residents claim that the three judge … Continue reading

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D.C. Circuit Says No to Georgetown Residents

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decides that the Georgetown Neighborhood Associations did not file their Petition for Review within the 60-day limit mandated by 49 U.S.C. 46110. Therefore, their petition regarding the increase in noise over Georgetown … Continue reading

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Airport Noise Increases Risk of Heart Disease, New Study Shows

A new study recently published in Occupational & Environmental Medicine found that people living under flight routes and close to airports are at an increased risk of hypertension. http://bit.ly/2soF8Ze Specifically, the study concluded that “long-term exposure to aircraft noise, particularly … Continue reading

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