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Barnes Regional Airport cuts down on noise mitigation funds

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WESTFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Officials from Barnes Regional Airport in Westfield met with residents Wednesday night regarding updates to the noise mitigation program. 

Airport Manager Brian Barnes says the noise level has decreased over the past few years by more than 50%.
 
At first, 362 homes were affected by the noise at the airport. Insulation's were put in and some homes were bought out. 270 homes were left.

A new study, conducted a few months ago, shows that officials have cut that number down to around 120 homes. The areas affected were displayed on a noise map for residents.

"I think the airport environment has become much more efficient and much more aware of noise. So, the good news is the noise levels have actually gone down. We've shifted this map to indicate that. They're doing their part by being good neighbors. That's good for the airport and surrounding community," said Barnes.

However, many were upset to learn that they no longer qualified for the benefits. The noise insulation benefits can include new windows, doors, and air conditioning. 
 
"The noise has always been an issue," said Westfield resident Eladio Lopez. "The windows shake...the whole 9 yards." 

Lopez lives just minutes away from the airport. 

The noise mitigation program was set to begin in the fall, but because of these changes may be pushed back to the spring.
 
The final report will be turned into the FAA next week.

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