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SMAAC Wants MAC to Mitigate Excessive Noise From 1996 to 2006

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.

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Coleman Takes Northwest's Side on Airport Noise

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.]

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Noise Deal Irks Dayton

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.

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SMAAC Public Announcement/Press Release

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.

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Regarding the Part 150 Noise Control Program Update

Letter to Ms. Vicki Grunseth, Chair, Metropolitan Airports Commission regarding the Part 150 Noise Control Program Update

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New MSP Take-Off Procedure Has Adverse Impacts

There is a change in take-offs patterns over Minneapolis and North Richfield. This change undoes an earlier procedure adopted in 1998 to reduce noise in these areas "so close to the airport". Using a letter of concern from FAA as an excuse, MAC decided to implement increased use of runways 30L and 30R at busy hours by allowing higher climb rates and faster departures for many aircraft types.

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SMAAC Doubts MAC Noise Projections Will Get Public Review

The South Metro Airport Action Committee and neighbors of MSP were rebuffed by the Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) when it did not follow a suggestion by Chad Leqve, its staff Technical Advisor, to schedule the next NOC meeting after a public meeting with MAC’s noise plan consultant. Instead, NOC set its meeting a week earlier, and left open whether or not members of the public would be allowed to speak.

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SMAAC Strongly Objects to MAC Noise Plan Limited public review

SMAAC told MAC its plan for a proposed noise plan update was way too hasty. "MAC's so-called public review process," President Jim Spensley said, "only provides for announcement of back-room projections and consequences after they were prepared by staff and recommended by the Planning and Environment Committee of the Commission with little discussion , or, for that matter, understanding. They are an unfit basis for a legal Finding of the Commission." MAC's P&E Committee was apparently not appraised of SMAAC's request, made in a May 22nd letter to the Commission, for hearings and an opportunity for knowledgeable public advocates to testify and to question how assumptions and forecasts were prepared. During its June 5th meeting, the Committee moved the staff report along to the full commission, although P&E Chair Carol Houle suggested action there might be "tabled to allow more public discussions".

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