Past Noise Mitigation in Minneapolis
While the City of Minneapolis recognizes the value that the airport brings to the Twin Cities, it also recognizes that our residents deserve protection from noise pollution. A 2005 lawsuit led to an agreement with the the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) to provide noise mitigation to homes who were experiencing, or were expected to experience, an increase in airplane noise.
The Cities of Minneapolis, Richfield and Eagan, as well as the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) in 2005 seeking to require the MAC to provide homes with noise abatement (insulation and/or air conditioning, for example) help. The cities’ lawsuit was based on the premise that the MAC violated the Minnesota Environmental Rights Act by impairing airport neighbors’ right to quietude and violating an environmental standard that was created when the MAC agreed to expand its existing noise relief program to the 60 DNL (day/night noise level) contour.
On Jan. 15, 2008, all conditions for a $127.6 million settlement in the cities’ lawsuit were met. That cleared the way for some form of noise mitigation for more than 9,560 homes in Minneapolis, Richfield, Eagan and Bloomington. Plaintiffs in a separate airport noise class action lawsuit (Wiencke et al vs. MAC) agreed to settle their lawsuit in a manner consistent with the cities’ lawsuit. All phases of mitigation provided under this original agreement are now complete. However, it 2013, the parties to the consent decree entered into a First Amendment to the consent decree which created ongoing obligations for mitigation under slightly different terms.
- More information about the lawsuit can be found on the Airport Noise Lawsuits section of this website.
- View one page summary of settlement in consent decree
- View the full 57 page settlement agreement in the consent decree.
- To view several maps of the area covered by the settlement, click on Settlement Maps
Last updated Feb 11, 2019