New studies show the potential link between airport noise and heart disease. While current FAA policies do not address potential noise-induced health risks, new findings make it particularly difficult to ignore. This could complicate approval of new airport projects, and lead to more project challenges, as the FAA and other agencies are required to analyze the environmental impacts of their proposals pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
"The growing number of studies linking noise exposure to cardiovascular disease and other health issues has the potential to change how the FAA and DOD agencies prepare NEPA documents," says White & Case partner Neal McAliley. "These studies link cardiovascular disease to residential noise exposures at levels lower than 65 DNL. It is hard to see how those agencies can avoid disclosing these potential impacts when they consider airport projects, Part 150 studies, and changes in flight operations. NEPA requires agencies to disclose the reasonably foreseeable environmental impacts of their proposals, even if there is no substantive requirement that agencies act on that information."
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