Schaumburg, IL–(ENEWSPF)–August 12, 2014. On Friday, August 8th, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth met with the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition, and Frank Soto, Mayor of Bensenville, Nunzio Pulice, Mayor of Wood Dale and Jeff Pruyn, Mayor of Itasca to discuss the noise issues and runway usage at and around O’Hare International Airport.
“I believe the FAiR Coalition raises important issues that all parties involved, including the FAA, need to address,” said Congresswoman Duckworth. “I am committed to working with FAiR, the ONCC, the airlines and the FAA to find a livable solution to these complex problems.”
The Congresswoman, along with Rep. Quigley and Rep. Schakowsky, sent a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta calling for new public hearings and a new environmental impact study (EIS) of the O’Hare Modernization Program in response to increased noise pollution and questions raised over the hearings process. They also asked for an expedited update of the 65 Day-Night Average Sound Level Metric, which is used to determine who is eligible for the O’Hare Residential Sound Insulation Program.
Congresswoman Duckworth also sent a letter to the Chicago Department of Aviation to implore them to expand the Fly Quiet program which encourages pilots and air traffic controllers to use designated nighttime preferential runways and flight tracks that direct aircraft over less populated areas. The Congresswoman is also a cosponsor of the H.R. 3650, the Silent Skies Act of 2013, which requires airlines to expedite the development of technologies that reduce airplane noise.