WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) to authorize the Jet Noise Reduction Program within the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research. Discoveries made through this program will contribute to the production of aircraft that produce less noise than current models, possibly resulting in future reductions of airplane noise over communities like Queens.
Meng’s measure passed as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Jet Noise Reduction Program will study and decrease noise produced by high-performance military aircrafts, and Meng’s provision would direct the Secretary of the Navy to share relevant noise reduction discoveries with the civilian aviation community.
“I thank my colleagues for supporting this important legislation,” said Rep. Meng, a founding member and former Co-Chair of the Congressional Quiet Skies Caucus. “Many discoveries and advancements made by the military have been adopted for civilian use and there is no reason why the same can’t be done for mitigating aircraft noise. Noise mitigation discoveries made by the Navy could go a long way in helping to reduce the barrage of airplane noise that continues to negatively affect my constituents, and those in other parts of the country. I look forward to my measure now moving through the Senate. If we are going to do all we can to combat excessive aircraft noise, we must use every tool at our disposal and that includes out of the box ideas like this legislation.”
“This amendment is a step forward in securing investments in new technologies that will reduce excessive aircraft noise over our communities in Queens, the Bronx and throughout the country,” said Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens/Bronx), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and a member of the Quiet Skies Caucus. “I applaud Congresswoman Meng for her leadership on this important issue, and I’m proud to join my colleagues in cosponsoring this amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. The more we invest in developing new technologies, the better placed we’ll be to find solutions that improve the quality of life for communities heavily impacted by aircraft noise pollution.”
“The military has always been a driving force of innovation in America, and Rep. Meng’s amendment will ensure that communities in our districts can share the benefits of any noise mitigation breakthroughs that military researchers make in the course of this project,” said Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Nassau County), a member of the Quiet Skies Caucus. “This is a creative approach that has the potential to bring real long-term relief to residents who live with excessive levels of airplane noise.”
"This program is a critical step in the right direction,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn/Queens), a member of the Quiet Skies Caucus. “Authorizing noise reduction research on our nation’s high-performance aircrafts will not only benefit our military, but will eventually bring peace of mind to New Yorkers and Americans across the country who live in close proximity to airports. Rep. Meng should be applauded for her effort in this regard."
The NDAA is the annual legislation that sets funding levels and policies for the U.S. Department of Defense. The $696.5 billion bill would take effect at the beginning of fiscal year 2018 which starts on October 1.