2005 | 2006
MSP AIRPORT NOISE LAWSUIT
Citizens‚ Group Urges Public Debate Of More Aid to NWA - December 21, 2006
Quieter Descents at MSP? Possible, But Unlikely - December 8, 2006
MAC Hearing on Environmental Impacts Draws Testimony from SMAAC Only - November 8, 2006
Citizens’ Group Again Questions Airport Safety - Sept 18, 2006
Forum Press Releases:
Airport Noise Class Action Hearing - June 21, 2006
Airport Noise Class Action Certification Pending - For Release June 15, 2006
SMAAC News: For Release 13 March 2006
News Release December 10, 2005
News Release 11-18-05
HOME OWNERS SUE MAC - CLASS ACTION SUIT FILED!
Looking at the Northwest Mechanics‚ Strike the Politically Incorrect Way: What about Safety? By Jim Spensley, SMAAC President
News Release June 8, 2005
Press Release May 23, 2005
Public Announcement/Press Release Dateline: 6 April 2005
Public Announcement/Press Release 10 February 2005
Remarks to the Eden Prairie Zero Expansion Group
2003 | 2004
2003 Press Releases and Information Items
Public Announcement/Press Release Minneapolis, MN SMAAC Fall Forum: "MSP Noise Airport Problems Real" Dateline: 20 November 2003
MAC Excluding Press and Public from Noise Abatement Debate Dateline: 28 August 28 2003
Counterpoint. Politics and Airport Noise Dateline: 19 August 2003
REMARKS TO THE METROPOLITAN AIRPORTS COMMISSION Dateline: 18 August 2003
Neighbors Join Senator Dayton in Blasting NWA at Pearl Park Press Conference Dateline: 18 August 2003
NWA is Messing with MAC and Minnesota Dateline: 14 August 2003
Airport Noise Lies at the Highest Levels Dateline: 12 August 2003
SMAAC Wants MAC to Mitigate Excessive Noise From 1996 to 2006 Dateline: 6 August 2003
Coleman Takes Northwest's Side on Airport Noise Dateline: 1 August 2003
Noise Deal Irks Dayton Dateline: 31 July 2003
SMAAC Public Announcement/Press Release Dateline: 24 July 2003
Regarding the Part 150 Noise Control Program Update Dateline: 22 July 2003
New MSP Take-Off Procedure Has Adverse Impacts Dateline: 17 July 2003
Formal Request for Public Hearings Dateline 22 May 2003 (posted 7-14-03)
SMAAC Doubts MAC Noise Projections Will Get Public Review Dateline: 9 July 2003
Objections at MAC's June 2003 Meeting Dateline: 9 June 2003
Problems with MSP Noise Mitigation Plan Update Dateline: 6 January 2003
MAC Fudges Noise Projections in Eagan Meetings Date: 20 December 2004
Public Announcement/Press Release Date: 19 November 2004
Remarks on the Part 150 Noise Compatibility Program (NCP) Update - Nov. 15, 2004
Public Announcement/Press Release Dateline: 8 September 2004 Minneapolis, MN
Proposed Update to the MSP Noise Compatibility Program
SMAAC Rebukes Airport Commissioners on Political Influence - Dateline: 13 July 2004 Minneapolis, MN
Public Announcement/Press Release Dateline: 21 July 2004 Minneapolis, MN -- The Metropolitan Airports Commission has political direction to favor Northwest Airlines.
SMAAC Says MAC is Acting Illegally on Noise. The SMAAC Board of Directors will oppose the airline-favoring compromise offerred by City representatives of NOC in a statement before the Planning & Environment Committee. SMAAC will reiterate its opposition to the Northwest Airlines' proposal to do nothing at all to mitigate noise in the 64-60 DNL areas. "While we hope the airport commissioners will not choose between caving in entirely or caving in mostly to Northwest Airlines," the Board announced, "there is certainly undue political pressure being applied by Governor Pawlenty for them to do so." Click here for the Statement.
Listening to the Neighbors (Response to StarTribune article) Dateline: 22 March 2004
Public Announcement/Press Release Citizen's Group Says New Noise Map Lacks Credibility Dateline: 24 February 2004 Minneapolis, MN
Last month, the US House of Representatives passed HR 3479, a bill to enforce an "agreement" between Illinois Republican Governor XXX and Chicago Democrat Mayor Richard Daley, Jr.
The House at first
failed to attain enough votes to schedule a quick vote on the bill, but
Republican leader J. Dennis Hastert (R, Illinois) was able to whip the
GOP majority into line later.
HR 3479 makes the Federal Aviation Agency, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the City of Chicago (as Manager of O'Hare Airport) conform to a finding of "urgent need" by Governor XXX. If passed by the Senate and signed by the President, various FAA (operational safety) and EPA (environmental protection) will be waived, and hundreds of millions in Federal dollars would be used for land acquisition and construction costs. The law would allow O'Hare authorities to condemn city-owned and private property using Federal authorities and a process that limits local government review.
What do Lipinski, Daley, and XXX have in common that Jackson and Hyde do not? Very large campaign donations from United Airlines executives and PACs. Lipinski's former chief of staff now lobbies for United Airlines.
Kinda reminds me of the Minnesota Legislature's 1995 law aborting the dual-track airport study and mandating expansion at MSP.... Didn't I just read that in Minnesota Northwest Airlines executives and PACs are the largest campaign contributors and they spend the most on lobbyists of any business here?
And why should Minnesotans care about the effect of an Illinois-only law or how it was passed? The House also passed HR 4481 ASAP - Airport Streamlining Approval Process Act of 2002 with the same supporters. This bill, now in Committee in the Senate as S 633, would innoculate all other hub airports against thorough FAA, EPA, State, and local reviews.