Democrat Pushes For EPA To Regulate Noise

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Under the Obama administration the powers of the EPA have expanded to include the regulation of carbon-dioxide. But if a Democrat in New York has her way, the EPA’s power will expand to include the regulation of noise.

The Queen’s Chronicle reports that Democratic Congresswoman from New York Grace Meng has written a letter to the EPA asking the agency to begin regulating aircraft noise in Queens:

In a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) asks the agency to increase its responsibilities to reduce aircraft noise in Queens.

Janet McEneaney, president of Queens Quiet Skies, said Tuesday she applauds Meng’s efforts and says it’s time the Federal Aviation Administration gave up some of its duties to the EPA.

In her April 30 letter to the EPA, Meng said that the FAA has failed to address “intolerable” plane noise over the borough, adding “I have witnessed an inconceivable lack of coordination between airport operators and the FAA regarding noise control.”

She pointed out that the FAA is responsible for flight paths and regulating the airline industry. “The FAA neither has the resources or mission priorities to adequately address intolerable levels of noise in the best interest of my constituents,” Meng wrote.

She suggests the EPA consider reopening its Office of Noise Abatement and Control, which oversaw noise control until it was eliminated by President Reagan in 1981.”

Representative Meng is now serving her 2nd term in Congress.

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