Jon Weinstein Addresses HoCoTimes Editorial About Potential Lawsuit vs FAA

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Howard County Council Chairperson Jon Weinstein took to Facebook (on January 12th) to address a recent Howard County Times Editorial (Howard vs. FAA: A lawsuit threat that is premature):

On behalf my constituents and other members of the Howard County community impacted by the significant increase in aircraft noise at BWI, I am disappointed with the editorial suggesting a potential lawsuit for the FAA is premature. The Howard County Times should have taken time to read their own and their sister paper’s, the Sun’s BWI-related articles over the past nearly two years. The recent article was published just two weeks ago in the Sunday Sun on December 29 (see link below). This article and all the others have described some, but not even close to all the other efforts we have pursued to compel the FAA to act. A short list includes:

+ Letter, calls, and emails to a host of FAA personnel, including the Secretary of Transportation; the same has been done with state DOT, MAA, and BWI personnel.

+ Meetings, letters, calls, and emails to our federal delegation to obtain their intervention and requesting Congressional hearings on the NextGen program.

+ Meetings, calls, and emails to our state delegation and the State Attorney General, Brian Frosh’s office regarding their support for FAA action.

+ Requests for FAA and MAA to conduct public meetings to address actions they will consider and take to mitigate the noise.

The HoCo Times missed the mark by a wide margin on this one, in particular suggesting actions that we have already taken. I believe investing the County Office of Law’s resources, which are taxpayer funded (including taxpayers affected by the noise) is an appropriate step. As for working with the new federal administration… as the December 29th article conveyed, I am looking forward to an opportunity for a new desire to act by new leadership at the US DOT and FAA. However, the people most directly responsible for the implementation and correction of NextGen are not political appointees and are likely to remain in their jobs.

Authorization to act on a lawsuit, hopefully in conjunction with neighboring jurisdictions, will provide the FAA operational personnel with more compelling information to share with the new DOT/FAA leaders. Hopefully this will lead to action in advance of a lawsuit. In the absence of action by the FAA, I will continue to pursue any and all avenues to address the BWI issue. Sadly, I believe had we not taken the steps above the Times’ editorial would have been asking why haven’t we done more.

Here is the link to the article from the Baltimore Sun on the 29th that was mentioned above: Howard officials, FAA work to address ‘unacceptable’ noise levels

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Given the number of airplanes that fly over my place (especially at night) – I fully support the council actions on this issue. Good luck to Weinstein and Ball going forward with this action (CB8-2017).

One additional note – anyone else getting tired of the HoCoTimes editorials? Some of the ones I have read recently are a bit ridiculous…and I also really believe that they should publish the name of the author. If you are going to write something…sign your name to it. This also goes for all of you commenters on the Baltimore Sun, HoCoTimes and various blogs out there…don’t hide in the shadows…if you really believe what you are saying, own it and put your name behind it. Here is a little video to reinforce that message:

There ya go…I shared some good information and had my rant for the day…

Have a wonderful remainder of your day.

Scott E

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