Sen. Murray Announces $5 Million for Noise Reduction at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

May 01 2001

Grant will help communities near SeaTac reduce unwanted noise

(WASHINGTON, DC) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced $5 million in federal funding for noise reduction projects in communities near SeaTac. Approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an Airport Improvement Program grant, the funds will provide sound insulation including window treatments, new doors and ventilation to homes and businesses near SeaTac. The grant will also be used to insulate buildings in areas affected by the opening of the airport's new runway.

"This money will mean less noise for families, schools and businesses near SeaTac," said Murray. "This project is particularly important as construction on the SeaTac's third runway is set to begin. This will help protect communities from high noise levels while allowing SeaTac to continue to grow as one of the most important economic and commercial hubs in the state."

Senator Murray is a strong advocate for improving Washington's airports to meet the needs of both communities and commerce. She has met with community leaders, SeaTac area residents, FAA representatives and the Port of Seattle to discuss noise and pollution concerns associated with construction of SeaTac's third runway. Murray secured the funding for SeaTac sound mitigation projects as part of the Fiscal Year 2001 transportation appropriations bill. Senator Murray is the highest-ranking Democrat on the Transportation subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee.