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« on: July 07, 2016, 11:40:04 PM »
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Another study showing health risks from jet overflights:

The investigator reported that living near an airport for 3 years or more is associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure and hypertension. These changes may then lead to damage of the aorta and heart which could increase the risk of having a heart attack.

The study compared health outcomes and clinical diseases of persons living where overflight noise incidents were measured at 61 db to a control group living where (about the same number daily) incidents were 50 db or less. 

The MAC Commissioners probably are aware of the hundreds of studies conducted between 2006 and 2015 referenced in reports listed by the Federal Inter-Agency Committee on Airport Noise and codified through a PARTNER grant by MIT. A few times, NOC was referred to lists of these reports. otherwise, if the reports were reviewed, there was no discussion of them recorded in NOC minutes, and NOC met about 34 times since SMAAC alerted MAC by letter the World Health Organization warning in the Summer of 2010.  Mr. Leqve, on Chair Boivin’s wrote that the main study on health risks was not applicable to MSP, being based on European data.

In the above listed study, the authornoted: European Union regulations say that countries must assess and manage environmental noise, and there are national laws on aircraft noise. [...] Noise can be kept below those levels by […] redirecting flight paths, keeping airports away from homes, and avoiding night flights.

It is difficult, to be sure, but not impossible for the MAC to redirect flight paths (or oppose changing to flight paths that increase ground noise) and avoid night flights (or oppose scheduling more) by negotiation with the FAA and the airlines. As to keeping airports away from homes, MAC demolished many homes but attempts to treat thousands of others that on the same basis as the in the above sudy are deluged with overflights at over 95 db (3.4 million billion times more acoustic power).
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