St. Louis Park objects to airplane noise
St. Louis Park City Council members want more residents to complain, at least when it comes to airplane noise.
St. Louis Park officials are seeking to build a case that federal noise measurements do not fully reflect the actual impact of airplanes flying overhead. The council members approved a resolution taking issue with the way the federal government measures noise impact but said residents also need to add their voices.
The Federal Aviation Administration has used a system that measures the average sound level spread out over a 24-hour period since the 1980s. The FAA generally prevents regional airport authorities from providing noise mitigation outside of areas that experience a day-night average sound level of 65 decibels.
However, the Metropolitan Airports Commission, which oversees Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, is one of the few authorities nationwide that has received approval to mitigate noise at a lower threshold of a 60-decibel day-night average sound level. Examples of mitigation include window insulation and air conditioning so that homeowners can keep windows shut in the summer.