Communities across the nation grow concerned about flight paths

POINT LOMA (KUSI) – The opposition over the Federal Aviation Administration’s path changes is gaining momentum.

San Diego is getting good traction.

Elected leaders across the country are getting more involved.

People living in parts of San Diego, like in Point Loma, are fuming over the jet noise and pollution they say is bound to get worse if the FAA goes ahead with its plan to change the light paths at San Diego International Airport.

The FAA wants to modernize air traffic control, but residents said the project for Southern California is a bad one, one that will negatively impact their quality of life.

The concern is not just San Diego’s. It’s nationwide. That is laid out in a Wall Street Journal article. The opposition over the new flight paths have flowed from the East Coast to the West Coast.

Casey Schnoor, who’s in charge of the grass roots in San Diego said he spoke to someone in charge of Citizen’s Group out in Minneapolis just a couple of weeks ago about the same issue.

But it’s just just Minneapolis either.

People are forming groups against the controversial new flight paths from Charlotte to some of the burrows in New York, to Phoenix to up and down California.

The northeastern United States is next.

In Arizona, one congressman recently introduced legislation that would give communities more control over such decisions.

"What my bill does, it sets up a process in which essentially the community can appeal the flight patter that have gone through will set up a process where there has to be a public process where they’ll have to take into account noise level pollution, air pollution all these things that should have been done in the first place and forces the FAA to justify their actions," SAID SOMEONE.

But residence in San Diego clearly have the attention of the FAA.

There have been protests and there was a huge turnout at a public meeting in October as the FAA sought to get input.

The FAA did an environmental assessment in which San Diegans were able to submit thousands of comments and questions for the FAA to address.

Congressman Scott Peters, who’s district represents Point Loma, has contacted the FAA letting the administration know he opposes the project as well as other local leaders.

It is expected that the FAA will respond to San Diego’s concerns sometime before the end of the year before deciding whether to proceed with the proposed flight path changes.

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