$100 Million Payment to Abate Minneapolis Airport Noise

DECEMBER 25, 1998

The Metropolitan Airports Commission has approved a $100 million agreement between the City of Richfield and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to mitigate noise from the airport. The commission will conduct improvements in Richfield in return for the city not challenging the construction of a new runway worth $1.7 billion at the airport.

Despite the commission's action Representative Mark Gleason (DFL-Richfield) has filed a lawsuit against the airport in an attempt to stop the new runway, claiming an environmental assessment carried out was inadequate.

(In April 1999 Gleason sponsored a bill in the House of Representatives that would block construction at the airport. See Congress May Stop Minneapolis Airport Expansion.)