This bill would establish an Office of Noise Abatement and Control within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would be tasked with addressing noise pollution, including that caused by airplanes. The Office would conduct research on the impacts of noise and provide technical assistance and grants to communities for reducing noise pollution.
Noise pollution mitigation efforts would be required to focus on approaches that rely on state and local action, market incentives, and coordination with other public and private entities. A total of $1 million would be provided annually in each fiscal year from 2017 through 2021.
Under current law, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for mitigating airplane noise, though the EPA has in the past put forward noise pollution regulations.