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WASHINGTON, D.C—Today Reps. Jackie Speier (CA-14), Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), and Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) released the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) response to recommendations made by the San Francisco Airport/Community Roundtable and the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals. The FAA’s Initiative response includes recommendations determined to be feasible as well as not feasible from an operational and safety perspective. Among the many recommendations included in the document being released today are some that are still under technical evaluation by the FAA; an updated version of this report will later be released which will further categorize those under evaluation and will also include Appendices that will outline the FAA’s decision-making process.
“We are grateful to all of our constituents and community leaders for their hard work, including countless hours of public hearings, technical briefings and document review. This was a public, thorough and deliberative process. We salute FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta, Regional Administrator Dennis Roberts and the staff at Air Traffic Operations and Mission Support for their ongoing diligent work to address the complex issues that challenge our region. While the Select Committee concluded its work at the end of last year, the SFO Airport/Community Roundtable will continue its work for aircraft noise mitigation on behalf of the residents of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties,” said the Members.
Rep. Eshoo and Rep. Panetta, who both represent parts of Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties have followed up on the Select Committee’s recommendation for a permanent venue in the South Bay to address aircraft noise concerns for the currently unrepresented cities in their Congressional Districts. A copy of the Members’ letter co-authored with Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) is attached.
“As Members of Congress who are also Members of the Congressional Quiet Skies Caucus, we will continue to support legislative efforts in Congress to hold airlines and airports accountable to reduce aircraft noise which has impacted so many of our constituents and encourage the airline industry to adopt new technologies that will reduce noise,” said Rep. Speier, Rep. Eshoo and Rep. Panetta.
The FAA Initiative to Address Noise Concerns of Santa Cruz/Santa Clara/San Mateo/San Francisco Counties Phase Two is attached.