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(Washington, D.C.) U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, successfully included a provision to help reduce noise produced by aircraft training at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, in response to ongoing work between residents and Navy leaders to find solutions to mitigate local Navy aircraft training noise. Senator Murray’s amendment, passed as part of a defense spending bill, would strengthen federal investments in research to reduce fighter aircraft engine noise the source, while allowing the Navy to continue its aircraft training program. The provision follows Senator Murray’s continuing work to help ensure the Navy is being transparent with local stakeholders regarding its efforts to respond to community concerns and mitigate aircraft training noise.

“Strengthening investments in research to mitigate aircraft noise helps support the ongoing work between residents and Navy leaders to find common ground to reduce noise without compromising the Navy’s critically important training,” said Senator Murray. “I’ll continue to do what I can in the Senate to make sure there are resources available to address this issue in a way that respects all parties and to help ensure that everyone has a voice in the process.”