By Jack Mayne The City of Burien has filed a petition for review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to turn jet-prop airliners over Burien causing unexpected and unusual airplane noise and potential damaging fuel residue to be dumped on residents. The review petition (download PDF here) was filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco on Wednesday (Feb. 15) by the Dentons law group, also of San Francisco. Burien City Attorney Lisa Marshall and Denton attorneys Matthew Adams and Jessica Duggan of San Francisco sought the action. The petition says Burien is “an environmental justice community” and the new route began in in the “summer of 2016 without notice to the city or its residents,” when the FAA â€œbegan experimenting … resulting in significant noise impacts to parks, schools, residential neighborhoods, and other noise-sensitive areas.” Burien, said the review petition, “spent a considerable amount of time and effort trying to obtain from the FAA information about the New Route, the implementation of the New Route, and whether and when the FAA’s decision making process had been completed.” The petition says the FAA “did not provide a formal response to those inquiries until Dec. 16, 2016. Then the FAA “upheld – and refused to reconsider – the new route.” Therefore, the Burien petition says, “the city and its residents have suffered – and will continue to suffer – significant, adverse impacts as a result of the FAA’s New Route.”]]>

Senior Reporter Jack Mayne passed away in December, 2021. In his honor we have created the Jack Mayne Journalism Scholarship.

7 replies on “Burien ‘will continue to suffer’ from airplane noise, city says in FAA petition”

  1. Since Alaska Airlines is the chief culprit in these new prop flight routes, I encourage everyone to contact Brad Tilden the CEO of Alaska.
    Brad is actually a 1979 graduate of Highline High School, right here in Burien. Let him know what he’s doing is disgraceful & that he should be ashamed of himself for letting this happen to his old hometown.
    He should demand that the FAA stops these new routes immediately.

    1. Maybe there should be an organized protest at SEATAC at the Alaska Airlines counter by the citizens of Burien.

  2. Fingers crossed! There are so many communities throughout the country dealing with this. Our voices must be heard and heeded! A good beginning.

  3. It’s time to get paid for being the doormat for the entire Pacific Rim.
    Why Burien is not the richest city the state boggles my mind.

  4. Three cheers for the city. This a classic example of Corporate power trumping the rights of the people. I suggest a go fund me account where we can donate money to fight this destruction of our quality of life here in Burien.

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