Lobbying for BWI Noise Relief

Every General Assembly session, the BWI Roundtable's Legislative Committee advocates for legislation that would enable airport expansion and operation decisions to include considerations of noise-affected communities. NextGen has brought about industry efficiencies and economic stimulus but the concentrated noise on affected communities is a significant health hazard that needs immediate mitigation.   

Lobbying in Annapolis BWI Roundtable

Prolonged noise exposure caused by controversial flight paths at BWI airport have negative health effects that will, on average, cost Marylanders in excess of $40 million per year over the next 30 years, according to a study from Dr. Zafar Zafari and Jeong-eun Park at the University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy.

Projecting the Health and Economic Burden of Aircraft Noise


BWI-Marshall Airport adopted the Next Generation Air Transportation System (known as NextGen) in 2015. NextGen modernized air traffic so that planes can fly at lower altitudes for longer distances with more frequency in concentrated paths. This transformed once peaceful neighborhoods miles from the airport into non-stop landing and departure zones. Most of the noise Howard County experiences is from BWI-Marshall's Runway 28 departures. During certain routing days, Howard County also experiences continuous noise due to departures from Runways 28 and 15R combined with the arrivals to Runway 10.
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Noise Complaints

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BWI Roundtable

The BWI Community Roundtable was created by the FAA and began meeting in March 2017. The Charter of the Roundtable states the purpose of the organization is to work towards reverting the BWI-Marshall Airport flight paths to pre-NextGen configuration.
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Legal Actions

Howard County has filed two cases against the FAA in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
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State Legislation

As a member of the BWI Roundtable's Legislative Committee, I have worked alongside other members, including Mary Reese and Jesse Chancellor, to lobby the General Assembly for legislative action. Howard County Senator Clarence Lam and Delegate Terri Hill have been our consistent partners.
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