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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined whether the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) must enforce grant assurance as a condition of providing noise mitigation grants to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Transportation||1. To avert expectations of additional consultation between an airport owner and the communities affected by airport noise, the Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration, to determine whether the agency should require written declarations that a project is consistent with local plans and has local support from affected communities as called for by its current grant requirements. If the agency chooses not to require written declarations, this requirement should be removed from the grant assurances.|