March Update: Stage 2 Jet Phase Out Legislation
Posted Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:21 pm EDT
March 14, 2007: Griswold Center, Worthington, Ohio:
WOOSE representative met with Deborah Pryce's senior advisor providing information and requesting
Ms. Pryce and her staff consider supporting the legislation to phase out Stage 2 jets.
March 26, 2007: Update from Sound Initiative, a national coalition for quieter skies:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 26, 2007
COALITION ASKS CONGRESS TO REDUCE NOISE
Meets with House Leadership to Encourage Phase-Out of Noisy Aircraft
Morristown, NJ¯ In a series of meetings in Washington, D.C. with key congressional leaders of both
parties, a national coalition made its case for the phase-out of older, noisy jets to bring relief
to airport neighbors. Sound Initiative: A Coalition for Quieter Skies, a national coalition formed
by airports and supported by local governments and anti-noise proponents formed to encourage
Congress to phase-out non-Stage 3 jets over a three-year period.
¯We are committed to doing what we can to make this effort successful,¯ said Bob Bogan, Deputy
Director of Morristown (NJ) Airport, a founding member of the coalition. ¯Having face-to-face
meetings with the congressional leadership who will decide the direction the legislation takes is an
important step in making it happen.¯
Last week coalition members and representatives from New Jersey¯s Teterboro Airport, Massachusetts¯
Hanscom Field and Boca Raton Airport in Florida joined Bogan in Washington, D.C. The meetings came
a week before Bogan is scheduled to testify on the coalition¯s behalf before the U.S. House of
Representatives Aviation Subcommittee to urge inclusion of the phase-out in the Federal Aviation
Administration¯s Reauthorization bill.
Following an early morning briefing for U.S. Senate Commerce Committee staff members responsible for
aviation-related issues, the coalition members met with U.S. Representatives James Oberstar (D-MN),
chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Representative Jerry Costello
(D-IL), chairman of the committee¯s Aviation Subcommittee, and Representatives John Mica (R-FL) and
Tom Petri (R-WI) ranking members of the committee and subcommittee respectively. A meeting to
update the sponsor of Sound Initiative-supported legislation during the last session of Congress,
Senator Frank Lautenberg, was also held.
¯These were high-level meetings held at a very important time,¯ Bogan added. ¯We believe our input
will have a positive influence and lead to legislative action that reduces noise at our airport and
at dozens of airports across the country that face a similar problem.
¯We¯ve listened to our neighbors and, hopefully, congressional leadership will listen to us. Giving
operators of aircraft exempt from a law passed 17 years ago three more years to meet Stage 3
standards or retire their aircraft seems reasonable in light of our neighbors¯ concerns and the
impact they have on quality of life.¯
John Lindemann, Sound Initiative¯s campaign coordinator, pointed out the importance of having
airports representing a broad cross-section of the coalition at the meetings.
¯All politics is local is a fundamental aspect of our democracy and our airport members have to work
with their own congressional representatives to help make this happen,¯ Lindemann said. ¯But, it¯s
important to show members of Congress, especially those in leadership, that this issue is a national
one, impacting hundreds of thousands of residents nationwide.¯
For more information about Sound Initiative, visit www.soundinitiative.org
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