Public Reports Required by Public Law 106-181 (HR 1000)


Study of Federal Environmental Requirements Related to
Planning and Approval of Airport Improvement Projects

SEC. 310. ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.

(a) STUDY- The Secretary shall conduct a study of Federal environmental requirements related to the planning and approval of airport improvement projects.

(b) CONTENTS- In conducting the study, the Secretary, at a minimum, shall assess--

(1) the current level of coordination among Federal and State agencies in conducting environmental reviews in the planning and approval of airport improvement projects;

(2) the role of public involvement in the planning and approval of airport improvement projects;

(3) the staffing and other resources associated with conducting such environmental reviews; and

(4) the time line for conducting such environmental reviews.

(c) CONSULTATION- The Secretary shall conduct the study in consultation with the Administrator, the heads of other appropriate Federal departments and agencies, airport sponsors, the heads of State aviation agencies, representatives of the design and construction industry, representatives of employee organizations, and representatives of public interest groups.

(d) REPORT- Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall transmit to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a report on the results of the study, together with recommendations for streamlining, if appropriate, the environmental review process in the planning and approval of airport improvement projects.


General Study on Airport Noise in the U.S.

SEC. 745. GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE AIRPORT NOISE STUDY.

(a) IN GENERAL.- The Comptroller General of the United States shall conduct a study on airport noise in the United States.

(b) CONTENTS OF STUDY.- In conducting the study, the Comptroller General shall examine-

(1) the selection of noise measurement methodologies used by the Administrator;

(2) the threshold of noise at which health begins to be affected;

(3) the effectiveness of noise abatement programs at airports located in the United States;

(4) the impacts of aircraft noise on communities, including schools;

(5) the noise assessment practices of the Federal Aviation Administration and whether such practices fairly and accurately reflect the burden of noise on communities; and

(6) the items requested to be examined by certain Members of the House of Representatives in a letter relating to aircraft noise to the Comptroller General dated April 30, 1999.

(c) REPORT.- Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General shall transmit to Congress a report on the results of the study.


Study of Nonmilitary Helicopter Noise

SEC. 747. NONMILITARY HELICOPTER NOISE.

(a) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall conduct a study--

(1) on the effects of nonmilitary helicopter noise on individuals in densely populated areas in the continental United States; and

(2) to develop recommendations for the reduction of the effects of nonmilitary helicopter noise.

(b) FOCUS- In conducting the study, the Secretary shall focus on air traffic control procedures to address helicopter noise problems and shall take into account the needs of law enforcement.

(c) CONSIDERATION OF VIEWS- In conducting the study, the Secretary shall consider the views of representatives of the helicopter industry and organizations with an interest in reducing nonmilitary helicopter noise.

(d) REPORT- Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall transmit to Congress a report on the results of the study conducted under this section.


Report on Touring Aircraft Noise over National Parks

SEC. 807. REPORTS.

(a) OVERFLIGHT FEE REPORT- Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall transmit to Congress a report on the effects overflight fees are likely to have on the commercial air tour operation industry. The report shall include, but shall not be limited to--

(1) the viability of a tax credit for the commercial air tour operators equal to the amount of any overflight fees charged by the National Park Service; and

(2) the financial effects proposed offsets are likely to have on Federal Aviation Administration budgets and appropriations.

(b) QUIET AIRCRAFT TECHNOLOGY REPORT- Not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator and the Director of the National Park Service shall jointly transmit a report to Congress on the effectiveness of this title [Title VIII -- National Parks Air Tour Management] in providing incentives for the development and use of quiet aircraft technology.