Why DC Circ. Said Airport Noise Critics Are Out Of Luck
In a article for Law360, Partner Paul Kiernan explains how new departure procedures issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will only have a limited window for public petition before they are solidified, under a recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Mr. Kiernan outlines the progression of petitions, complaints, meetings and court appeals regarding flight paths and airplane noise that affect residents and neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., particularly along the Potomac River. Prominent neighborhood associations and other groups, such as Georgetown, affected by nearby Reagan National Airport have periodically brought up concerns with the FAA and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), with little to no success, and have suggested that the agencies have purposely withheld information about environmental impact from government representatives.