Letter: Senator Joyce seeks more thorough review of environmental impacts for proposed FAA runway

Dear Milton neighbor,

The FAA has proposed a new departure route from Boston Logan International Airport that would fly directly over Milton, beginning on March 7th.  This flight path will have a significant adverse impact on the quality of life in Milton, particularly for those of you who live near Curry College, Route 138, as well as parts of Canton Avenue and Brush Hill Road.

After reviewing the FAA’s Draft Environmental Assessment, I believe that the FAA has not sufficiently considered environmental, noise and other nuisance factors.  Specifically, the environmental study does not fully account for the population in Milton that would be affected by the noise and pollution produced.

For more information, you may wish to take a look at the following resources –

The FAA has provided the public a very short window for public input, setting a deadline of February 15th.  To have your concerns considered, please contact Ms. Terry English by email at: Terry.English@faa.gov

or by mail at:

Project Manager, Boston Logan International
Airport Runway 33L RNAV SID Environmental Assessment
Federal Aviation Administration
11 Murphy Drive
Nashua, NH 03062

I have also included the text of my letter of comment for your review below.  Rest assured that I will do all that I can to protect our community.  I hope that you will also take a moment to weigh in on this important issue.   Should you have any questions about this or other issues, please feel free to reach out to me directly by return email or by calling: (617) 722-1643

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                                                            January 23, 2013

Ms. Terry English
Project Manager, Boston Logan International
Airport Runway 33L RNAV SID Environmental Assessment
Federal Aviation Administration
11 Murphy Drive
Nashua, NH 03062

Dear Ms. English,

            I write to you today regarding the proposed RNAV departure route for Runway 33L. This proposal will have a significant adverse effect on towns that I represent, including Milton, Canton, and Randolph due to the noise and environmental impacts from heavy airplane traffic.

            The towns located underneath the southbound departure route path are already heavily impacted by the airplane noise and pollution from airplane arrivals on Runway 4, and airplane departures from Runway 27.  Additionally, this proposed route is several miles west of existing routes, and so will impact additional communities and towns as well.  Moreover, the environmental study conducted does not sufficiently account for the population in Milton that would be affected by the noise and pollution from this proposed route.

I respectfully request that the proposal undergo a full, more thorough environmental review with independent analysis to address the significant issues of noise, pollution and other nuisance factors.  I also urge you to extend the comment period to allow full community participation in this decision that will have a significant environmental impact on each of the towns located below these flight paths 

I appreciate your consideration of my concerns and I look forward to continuing to work with you throughout this process. 

                                                            Sincerely,

 

                                                            BRIAN A. JOYCE

                                                            State Senator