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Airport Noise Lies at the Highest Levels

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.

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MAC P&E Didn't Hear Public Comments on Noise Assumptions

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.

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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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