Updated: 07/04/2013 6:31 AM KSTP.com By: Jay Kolls
A new agreement between the Metropolitan Airports Commission and the cities of Minneapolis, Eagan and Richfield keeps the noise reduction program on track.
It's an extension of the jet noise abatement program that was set to expire next summer. The government provides help to homeowners seriously affected by noise from planes at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
A Richfield city official tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS it will even give thousands of homeowners, who have not qualified for the program in the past, a chance to get some help, if airplane noise reaches a certain threshold.
Richfield City Council Member, Pat Elliott, says the new agreement is "all around good news, for thousands of people." Elliott says homes near the airport will be monitored for the next three years and, if the jet noise reaches a specific decibel level consistently, as many as "2,000 to 3,000 homes, collectively, in those three cities might be able to get some relief with the abatement program who might not otherwise had the chance."
The program, which is government supported, provides things such as better insulation and windows that help keep jet noise to a minimum inside homes.
Click here to learn more about the program.