WASHINGTON, D.C. Secretary of Transportation Norman
Y. Mineta commemorated Earth Day this week by announcing that
the Bush Administration will provide $307 million in grants
this year to soundproof homes and schools and combat noise
pollution near airports in at least 29 communities across
The secretary noted that the federal funds will go directly
to airports to help combat noise. Federal money will pay for
sound insulation for homes located near airports, noise barriers
near runways and taxiways and enhanced noise tracking systems
to monitor engine sound levels.
Airports also may use the funds to acquire land to create
larger boundaries between airports and communities, contour
airfields differently to reduce noise and take other measures
that will help nearby neighborhoods.
Weve worked hard to make jet engines quieter
and to reduce the number of people affected by aircraft noise,
said Mineta. These investments will bring a little more
peace and quiet to people with airports in their neighborhoods.
Among those communities receiving federal funds this year
to combat noise are Louisville International-Standiford Field
in Kentucky ($18 million); Logan International Airport in
Boston, Mass., ($12 million); Seattle-Tacoma International
in Washington ($10.1 million); San Diego International in
California ($8 million); and Ted Stevens Anchorage International
in Alaska ($7 million).
The $307 in noise mitigation grants are being awarded by
the Departments Federal Aviation Administration. Twenty-nine
communities already have been informed that they will receive
the federal funds totaling $118 million, while an additional
$189 million will be awarded over the coming months.
Airports and the jobs they bring are important to the
health of nearby communities, said Secretary Mineta.
This work allows us to achieve balance between important
economic growth at airports and airport neighbors quality