NWA CEO Richard Anderson reportedly said he wants a moratorium on implementation of the ... soundproofing program for homes that fall outside a 65-decibel noise range (emphasis added). If the quote was accurate, he dissembled and misled.Read more
An article published Friday August 8 in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune publicized untrue and misleading statements by Northwest Airlines' top executives, Chairman Richard Anderson and President Doug Steenland. The article was written by the airline reporter Liz Fedor, who is not as knowledgea ble about airport noise issues as the MAC reporter. The executives were able to "spin" noise terms and present their position favorably by mistating their "line" as facts that the reporter did not dispute.Read more
MAC P&E Re-Accepts Noise Assumptions Without Discussion
The MAC Planning & Environment (P&E) Committee again failed to discuss or acknowledge public comments that the Noise Control Program updates for 2001, based on 1996 actual use, and for 2006, based on 2001 actual use, are being illegally skipped.
Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR 150), provisions in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for MSP Expansion, and the Noise Control Program adopted by MAC in 1993 and approved by FAA in 1994 all require development of the airport plan with meaningful involvement of the impacted public and updates at least every five years. MAC has so far ignored public comments that the Noise Control Program updates for 2001, based on 1996 actual use, and for 2006, based on 2001 actual use, are being illegally skipped. MAC is now basing its current Noise Control Program on airline projections, unreliable in the past, and on assumptions about use of MSP in 2007 after the new runway 17-35 is available.Read more
Questions for Senator Coleman We thought Senator Coleman's criticism of Northwest Airlines tactics was over-compensated by his sympathy with an anonymous Northwest Airlines official who "firmly believes ... that by [toughening] those standards ... a huge economic burden is placed on them without any scientific basis". [Quote from the Star-Tribune Business Section today.]Read more
Hurrah for Senator Dayton! Reporters didn't write as much as they should have known about how the language denying Airport Improvement Funds for noise mitigation got into the conference committee report. There is reliable evidence that it was passed to Senator Lott (R, Mississippi) by Northwest Airlines and used verbatim.Read more
The South Metro Airport Action Council, SMAAC, today complained that public comments about the MSP Noise Control Program were systematically side-tracked. They offered the following sequence of events as proof.Read more