Maryland attorney general challenges FAA over flight path changes at 2 airports

By Marian Johns | Jul 4, 2018

BALTIMORE — Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh has filed two petitions against the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) implementation of changes to flight paths at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). 

According to the Attorney General's Office, a petition was filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia regarding the FAA's flight path changes to DCA's runway No. 19. 

“The FAA must follow required procedures before implementing changes to flight paths that impact thousands of Maryland residents,” Frosh said in a statement.  

The Attorney General's Office also filed an administrative petition requesting the FAA conduct a "supplemental environmental assessment" to area navigation at BWI, alleging the FAA did not follow the necessary environmental reviews prior to implementation of the new flight plans. 

“Thousands of Marylanders have had their lives disrupted since the new flight paths were implemented without the appropriate level of environmental review, public input, and transparency," he said. 

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said the FAA's actions have caused residents to suffer from noise pollution. 

“Maryland is taking this important action on behalf of our many citizens who continue to suffer from intolerable noise pollution due to the NextGen program’s flight paths,” Hogan said in a statement.  

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