Hold the FAA accountable for airplane noise

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While airplanes used to mostly fly over unpopulated areas, new satelite-based technologies are allowing airplanes to fly closer together and over wider swaths of our cities. This has resulted in a huge increase in aircraft noise and air pollution in many of our neighborhoods. This noise keeps our children from studying for school. It also makes them tired in school, affecting their grades and graduation rates. Noise and sleeplessness are also stressful for adults, and increase the risk of death from heart disease. These health effect are exacerbated by increases in air pollution for higher plane traffic over populated areas. Property price declines have also been linked to airplane noise.

The FAA spends a tremendous amount of money regulating the safety of passengers in the sky, but seems to promote unhealthy policies for those on the ground without proper review. One new technology?Nextgen?is, remarkably, both responsible for recent increases in airplane noise and is exempt from environmental review. Moreover, noise standards in the US are much more lenient than in other developed countries. We ask for an environmental impact assessment when Nextgen flight patterns are implemented. We ask for the reinstatement of the Environmental Protection Agency's regulation of noise pollution, which was suspended in the early 1980s. We also ask for a better balance between airline regulations for passengers in the air and those on the ground. One should not have to die for the sake of the other. Our health and the future of our children depend upon it.

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Jan 17th, 2017
Someone from seattle, WA signed.
Nov 14th, 2016
Someone from seattle, WA signed.
Nov 14th, 2016
Someone from Kenmore, WA writes:
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Seattle implementation coincides with asthma onset. Air looks ok, but kerosene smell especially at night.
Nov 5th, 2016
Gen A. from redondo beach, CA writes:
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i was not born deaf but i somewhat had mild hearing loss. noise pollution causes deafness so stop noise pollution!
Oct 15th, 2016
Someone from Seattle, WA signed.
Oct 15th, 2016
Corey C. from Seattle, WA signed.
Oct 13th, 2016
Someone from Queens, NY writes:
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31 L departures ? can bank to the left over Jamaica Bay, often avoiding Howard Beach, and proceeding to the Atlantic by flying over the Rockaway Inlet or Riis Park. This path flies over no homes.
Oct 7th, 2016
Cristina O. from Garden City, NY signed.
Oct 4th, 2016
Someone from Woodside, NY writes:
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I am a senior citizen living in Woodside. My quality of life has diminished due to air traffic noise. It has never been this frequent in the past. I can read numbers off the aircraft as well as which airline. They fly over every 20-30 seconds. I cannot converse on the phone because I can't hear the other party, I cannot hear the tv unless I raise the volume up and down. They fly as late as 12:45 a.m. while I am trying to sleep. It is beyond stressful.
Oct 3rd, 2016
Someone from Howard Beach, NY signed.