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How Safe Can We Believe MSP Is?

Last Summer, the South Metro Airport Action Council (SMAAC) formally asked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) to move more slowly in adding flights during the busy times at Minnespolis International Airport (MSP). The MAC's response was unsatisfactory, mostly defaming SMAAC for its resolution, but also disclaiming any role in increased air operations rates. MAC staff advised the Commission, in public, that FAA's, and the user airlines' systems and procedures were "not unusual" for similar airports.

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Airport Noise Lawsuits Advance in District Court

The attorneys for a group of Minneapolis and Richfield citizens who filed a complaint that the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) failed to limit or mitigate aircraft noise as promised in 1996 hope to proceed now that District Court Judge Stephen Aldrich has ruled against various motions to dismiss a similar case brought by cities around Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

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Class Action Airport Noise Lawsuit Discussed With Homeowners

The attorneys for a group of Minneapolis and Richfield citizens who filed a class action lawsuit against the Metropolitan Airports Commission reported the status of litigation at SMAAC’s annual Fall Forum Thursday night.
Robert C. Moilanen and Carolyn G. Anderson of Zimmerman Reed said the complaint, filed September 1, is that the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) failed to limit or mitigate aircraft noise as promised in 1996. Communities surrounding Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport agreed generally and specifically with the MAC to a supplemental (extended) residential sound insulation program, and homeowners were the “third-party beneficiaries” protected by the agreement.

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Citizens' Safety Resolution Dismissed by MAC

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), without discussion, dismissed a resolution presented by the South Metro Airport Action Council (SMAAC). The Resolution called for MAC to indefinitely suspend planning for further expansion at MSP pending the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report on the May airliner collision at MSP.

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Local Watchdog Challenges MAC On Environmental Assessments Hearings

Jim Spensley, South Metro Airport Action Council (SMAAC) President, reminded the Metropolitan Airports Commission of its responsibility to the public in approving the 2006 Capital Improvements Program (CIP). Spensley said that, legally and ethically, an annual staff assessment of the environmental impacts of construction projects is insufficient. The process MAC uses for environmental review of its capital projects is difficult for the public to follow, with different rules applying to State and Federal requirements.

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Media Coverage of the Class Action Lawsuit Filing Was Misleading

The Star-Tribune story (September 7, by Terry Fiedler) poorly reported the class-action lawsuit filed on September 2 against the Metropolitan Airports Commission and Northwest Airlines. Other media based their coverage on his story.

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Local Watchdog Challenges MAC On the Safety of a Larger Hub

The South Metro Airport Action Council (SMAAC) Board of Directors today submitted a Resolution to MAC calling for a safety-first expansion moratorium at MSP. In early May, two Northwest Airlines (NWA) planes collided near MSP‚s Lindbergh terminal, but the accident did not rate a mention in MAC‚s "2020 Plan" study or the environmental assessment of terminal expansion projects through the year 2015 just drafted by MAC.

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New Studies Support Airport Noise Concerns

The South Metro Airport Action Council (SMAAC) notes that new studies confirm adverse impacts of airport noise, especially aircraft overflights at comparably low altitudes, on schoolchildren. SMAAC follows the effects of airport operations in or near cities.

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