AIRPORT NOISE LAW
GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

State Government
Federal Government
Foreign Governments
Political Associations


Revised May 9, 2015



State Government

STATE OF CALIFORNIA

California Government
Good starting point on the Web to access text of laws and regulations, courts, elected officials, etc.

California Law
Search for statutes and regulations from this Web site and retrieve the full text. You can search by topic or go directly to specific parts of the code.

California Department of Transportation (CalTrans)
CalTrans is responsible for developing a State Transportation Plan, which is approved by the California Transportation Commission. This plan must integrate regional transportation plans developed by local communities (see State and Regional Transportation Plans).

Aeronautics Division
The CalTrans Aeronautics Division is responsible for developing the California Aviation System Plan, which nominally is a guide to statewide airport planning and must address airport noise. The plan is approved by the California Transportation Commission. See statements by a former Aeronautics Division manager on the role of the State of California in airport noise abatement and the future of aviation noise abatement. The Division's Aviation Noise Program administers the California Airport Noise Regulations (title 21, Cal. Code of Regulations, secs. 5000 - 5090).

Department of Transportation
Aeronautics Division, MS #40
P.O. Box 942874
Sacramento 94274-0001

Telephone 916.654.4959
Fax 916.653.9531

California Environmental Protection Agency

County Airport Land Use Commissions -- Each county must have a commission (or its equivalent) that prepares and adopts an "airport land use plan". The plan defines an "airport influence area" for each airport in the county, designed to protect airport operational safety and prevent construction of housing and other noise-sensitive uses near airports. The commission reviews county and city general and specific plans as well as individual development proposals in the vicinity of an airport to determine their consistency with the airport land use plan. In recent years the commissions throughout the state have created considerable controversy inasmuch as they are independent of county and city government, which has responsibility for permitting new development.


OTHER

National Association of State Aviation Officials


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Federal Government

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION

Federal Aviation Administration (Home Page)

Aviation Noise Ombudsman
The ombudsman links the FAA and the public to resolve noise issues that already have been presented to local officials. See About the Ombudsman.

Federal Aviation Administration
Aviation Noise Ombudsman, AEE-2
800 Independence Ave. S.W.
Washington, DC 20591

E-mail: 9-AWA-NoiseOmbudsman@faa.gov

Phone: 202.267.3521
Fax: 202.267.5594

Aviation Operations Research Center of Excellence
This center manages cooperative research by academic institutions and aviation industry "partners". The Port of Oakland is one such partner. The center is a co-sponsor with the Institute of Transportation Studies at U.C. Berkeley of an annual Airport Noise Symposium.

Management Advisory Council
The council provides advice to the FAA Administrator on policy, spending, and regulatory matters affecting the aviation industry. The council was established by the FAA Reauthorization Act of 1996 but did not get off the ground until 2000.

Airport Programs and Guidance (Office of Associate Administrator for Airports)

Airport Planning

Airport Environmental Program

Airport Noise
Environmental Policy and Guidance Resources

Western-Pacific Regional Office
See the statement by the Regional Administrator on the role of the FAA in airport noise abatement.

Proposed Rules and Requests for Comments
The FAA has a mailing list system for notices and advance notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRMs and ANPRMs). Persons interested in obtaining future copies of all of those documents to be issued by the FAA or only of those concerning certain parts of the Federal Aviation Regulations should request a copy of Advisory Circular No. 11-2, which describes the application procedure, by calling (202) 267-3484 or by writing to: Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Public Affairs, Attention: Public Inquiry Center, APA-230, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591.

Notices of Proposed FAA Rulemaking -- visit this website often to get news about new and revised regulations proposed by the FAA. You can easily comment on proposed regulations at www.regulations.gov.

FAA Regulatory and Guidance Library -- includes information on how citizens can initiate rulemaking.

Documents, Records, and Publications

Publications
How to find titles, how to order printed copies, where to find digital copies of publications.

Selected Documents:

Freedom of Information Act and the FAA
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives citizens a statutory right to records of the FAA and other federal agencies. FOIA lists nine exemptions from disclosure, but these exemptions do not cover the vast majority of records. See Department of Transportation FOIA Rules (49 CFR Part 7), which cover the FAA.

DOT Inspector General Reports on the FAA
The Inspector General for the Department of Transportation investigates and audits the FAA. The link is to the IG's reports on aviation and airport management issues.

Government Accountability Office (GAO) Reports on the FAA
The link is to the GAO's reports on aviation and airport management issues.


CONGRESS

Congress.Org
An extremely well-organized and valuable Web site, produced by private firms, offering complete information on the Congress, committees, and links to individuals.

U.S. House of Representatives

Subcommittee on Aviation, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Room 2251, Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20515; fax (202) 225-4629, voice (202) 226-3220. See the website House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee: Subcommittee on Aviation. (Hearing transcripts are also available at House Committee Documents. For comprehensive documentation of all House committees, see Thomas, the Library of Congress website.) See documents from the following hearings:

Challenges Associated with Building New Runways (Oct. 5, 2000) -- the opening salvo in the effort to eviscerate application of environmental protection laws to runway projects.

Government and Industry Plans with Respect to Stage 4 Commercial Aircraft (Sept. 21, 2000) -- looking forward to advances in aircraft engine noise-suppression technology ("stage 4").

Subcommittee on Technology, Science Committee, Room 2320, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515; (202) 225-6371. See the website at Science Committee.

Quiet Skies Caucus

U.S. Senate

Subcommittee on Aviation, Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Room 427, Hart Senate Office Building; voice (202) 224-4852, fax (202) 228-0326. See website at Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. For comprehensive documentation of all Senate committees, see Thomas (Library of Congress).


OTHER

Federal Interagency Committee on Aviation Noise
The Federal Interagency Committee on Aviation Noise (FICAN) was formed in 1993 to provide forums for debate over needs for future aviation noise research and to encourage new development efforts in this area. All federal agencies concerned with aviation noise are represented on the Committee. The Web site of FICAN is an extremely important source of information.

National Civil Aviation Review Commission
The commission was created by Congress, named in March 1997, and finished its work Dec. 12, 1997. It was charged with reviewing FAA's funding needs through 2002 and developing recommendations on ways to meet these needs. The panel was split into an aviation funding task force and an aviation safety task force. Chairman was Norman Mineta, senior vice president and managing director, Lockheed Martin. Mineta formerly was a long-time congressman from San Jose, California and served as chairman of the House Subcommittee on Aviation.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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Foreign Governments

Danish Environmental Protection Agency
This website provides the text of "Environmental Administration in Denmark" (1995), an extensive description of environmental regulation in Denmark. Detailed table of contents has links to sections.

European Union Noise Policy
The European Commission, the policy-making arm of the EU, is studying airport noise standards that would better reflect the effects of noise on humans, with the aim of possibly establishing standards that would apply in all member nations.

German Organizations Against Airport and Aircraft Noise
This website in both English and German provides rich links to technical information and European government agencies.

Netherlands Directorate for Noise and Traffic
This unofficial website for the Netherland's Ministry of Environment, Directorate for Noise and Traffic, provides information on progressive research being conducted in Europe on the issue of airport noise.

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Political Associations

The organizations listed here are potentially powerful allies in the fight to reduce airport noise. Airport noise issues can be raised in these organizations by your elected representatives. If there is sufficient concern, the organization will adopt a policy. All of these organizations can provide important support (or opposition) to legislation.

League of California Cities

National Association of Counties

National League of Cities -- see the NLC's Noise Control Policy.

U.S. Conference of Mayors


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