Noise Abatement Failure – The People Sacrifice Again
Dane County has failed to create an effective noise abatement program
Steve Klafka | Feb 21, 2020 | The Cap Times
Dear Editor: With the pending decision to bring F-35 fighter jets to Truax Field, hundreds of Madison homeowners have learned of secret avigation easements which waive their rights to sue the airport for noise or air pollution or any other damages resulting from overhead flights, regardless of any changes in the number or type of aircraft. These easements are a sad reflection on county leadership.
The airport chose to bribe residents with paltry avigation easements rather than pay for actual improvements to reduce noise exposure. Many airports reduce their noise impacts by either relocating residents or funding new doors, windows, insulation and air conditioning. For example, the Minneapolis Airport currently provides each home owner up to $20,000 for noise mitigation. Additionally, Minneapolis extends its assistance to homes within a lower 60-decibel DNL noise level, while our county airport continues to use the outdated 50-year old 65-decibel level. It isn’t like the county airport is hurting for money.
Just last year, $40 million was spent on upgrades including better bathrooms. A short time ago my neighborhood association met with airport leaders and County Executive Joe Parisi to explain the shortcomings of the airport’s noise program. Alas, our concerns and recommendations fell on deaf ears. Now that dangerously loud F-35 fighter jets will be forced on us, the failure of the county airport to create an effective noise abatement program will increase the harm to Madison residents.
- Airport neighbors want county exec to help turn the noise down
BILL NOVAK | The Capital Times | firstname.lastname@example.org Oct 8, 2012
- Grass Roots: Neighborhood groups ask Joe Parisi to do something about airport noise
PAT SCHNEIDER | The Capital Times | email@example.com Oct 9, 2012
- F-35s: Easements could lock homeowners out of noise reduction programs
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- SASY,Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahara, Neighborhood Association letter to Parisi from 2012 when we asked for noise abatement improvements
- Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahara Neighborhood News Release on Noise Control Recommendations
- Noise Control Presentation to Parisi
- 2004 letter to the editor noting the lack of noise abatement funds by then County Exec Kathy Falk.