BALTIMORE (WJZ) – County Executive Steuart Pittman of Anne Arundel said he will testify Wednesday in support of a bill that would create a committee to study the health and environmental impacts of Baltimore/Washington International Airport.
Since the implementation of the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transport System in 2015, which allows more flights to be performed using satellites instead of radar, planes have approached lower aerodromes and Noise for neighboring communities got worse, he said.
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He said the effects on residents include disrupted sleep, lower school performance for children, anxiety and high blood pressure.
“Therefore, this committee will be positioned to ensure that we have the data we need to make informed decisions to protect the health of the public and minimize the health-related consequences that may arise.” avoidable from the airport and its flight path,” he said.
Senate Bill 658 is scheduled to be heard before the Finance Committee at 1 p.m. Wednesday Appropriating.
According to a Policy and Finance Note attached to the Senate versionThe bill would establish the Maryland Aviation Infrastructure Impact Commission and require the governor to allocate $430,000 annually from fiscal year 2024 through fiscal year 2027.
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The Commission will study the impact of construction projects and flight paths, with a focus on BWI.
Lawmakers from the jurisdictions surrounding the airport, Howard and Anne Arundel counties, introduced both pieces of legislation.
Pittman said a group of residents who live near their airport have expressed concern about the increase in noise.
When asked about Avelo Airlines’ arrival at BWI, Pittman said he welcomes a new airline and noted that the transportation hub is an economic driver in the county.
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“We just wanted to make sure that airport noise was taken into consideration,” he said.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/03/08/pittman-to-testify-in-support-of-bill-to-study-health-and-economic-impacts-of-development-near-bwi/ Pittman to testify in support of bill studying economic and health impacts of developments near BWI – CBS Baltimore