The federal governments efforts to control and reduce airplane noise have been marked by failure over the past 10 years, the House Government Operation Committee said yesterday.
That failure, the committee said in a report following hearings by its Sub-committee on Enviroment, Energy and Natural Resources, was "virtually assured" by the fact that responsibility for noice control was divided between (FAA) and the Environmental Protection Agency.
"Differences of philosophy and disputes over policy have been only partially responsible" for the difficulities, the committee said. "There has been a general failure of the EPA Office of Noise Abatement and Control and the FAA . . . to cooperate in regulating aircraft noise."
The committee recommended that primary responsibility for aviation noise abatement be transfered to the EPA. The FAA would retain a veto over and EPA-purpose changes in flight procedures under the proposal.
Under present law, the EPA suggests noise limits for airplanes, but the FAA must adopt the regulations. Between 1974, and 1976, the committee fund, the EPA submitted 11 proposals for aircraft noise reduction to the FAA.
Of those proposals, the FAA adopted only one set of regulations and portions of two others," the report said. "It has published decisions not to adopt four of the proposals and portions of two other, taken no action on the final two and proposed new rules on two."
The report also critized the FAA relu that permits the supersonic Concord to land in the Unites States.
Transportation Secretary Brock Adams, the FAA's boss, said after a press conference yesterday that he had not seen the report. If the committee wants to try to divert noise responsibility to the EPA, he said, "they can be my guest Lotsa luck."