2 Minn. Congressmen Get Earful about Airport Noise

Updated: 08/28/2013 7:28 AM KSTP.com By: Jay Kolls

Hundreds packed Washburn High School's auditorium in Minneapolis to challenge two Minnesota Congressmen to do something about increased jet traffic over the South Metro.

Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison and Republican Erik Paulsen took notes and listened intently as dozens of people voiced their concerns. At the end of the two-hour hearing, many others stuffed a cardboard box with even more written complaints. Most of those in attendance live in South Minneapolis, Richfield and Edina.

They all shared similar stories, and complaints, about what they say is a ridiculous increase in the number of jet airline flights over densely populated neighborhoods.

Many said they now have close to 300 flights over their homes daily, and they claim the airlines are ignoring federal rules and regulations by not taking the Highway 62 and I-35 flight paths as often as they should.

Some also urged the Congressmen should press the FAA for some answers and they pushed for an environmental impact study.

Congressman Ellison and Congressman Paulsen told KSTP they heard their constituents loud and clear.

Both say they will ask tough questions of the FAA and Ellison told KSTP he will seek an environmental impact study.

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