Quigley Statement on Discussion with FAA Administrator Huerta
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as Vice-Chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus, released the following statement on his conversation with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael P. Huerta:
“Today, I spoke with Administrator Huerta about the immediate steps the FAA can take to help alleviate some of the airplane noise that many of my constituents living near O’Hare Airport suffer with every single day. I expressed to the Administrator my strong opposition to decommissioning the diagonal runways at O’Hare, which help disperse noise impacts, and the importance of frequent monitoring and improvements for residential noise insulation. I was encouraged that Administrator Huerta expressed his commitment to ensuring FAA is responsive to local noise concerns.
“Airplane noise is more than just a nuisance; it is a threat to public health, which is why I reiterated my strong support for an independent study of the physical and mental impacts of noise, something I have been advocating for in Congress for some time. It is vital that the FAA, the City of Chicago, and the residents of the communities surrounding O’Hare maintain a fruitful dialogue to ensure that noise considerations are included in every step of the airport and airway planning process. I will continue to work with stakeholders at all levels to guarantee that operations at the airport are as safe, efficient, and as quiet as possible.”
Since O’Hare became part of the 5th Congressional District in January 2013, Rep. Quigley has been immersed in the issues surrounding the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP) and has met repeatedly with residents and neighborhood groups to hear their concerns and convey those concerns to project officials and the airlines. Most recently, Rep. Quigley pushed for FY18 appropriations bill provisions to help mitigate airplane noise. In January, Rep. Quigley signed on as an original co-sponsor of H.R. 598, the Airplane Impacts Mitigation (AIM) Act of 2017, to address increasing levels and durations of airplane noise and ensure that the health impacts of airplane overflights are thoroughly examined.