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On page 134, between lines 7 and 8, insert the following:
(d) Noise Mitigation Study.--The Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall--
(1) conduct a study of the current laws and regulations governing the evaluation and mitigation of airport noise;
(2) identify ways to improve the reporting and mitigation of noise impacts from airports, including--
(A) using the 65 DNL (Day/Night Noise Level) as the threshold for Federal noise abatement programs and
(B) determining whether frequent spikes in noise level above 65 decibels should be tracked and mitigated, even if such mitigation results in an average noise level below 65 DNL; and
(3) not later than September 30, 2009, submit a report to Congress that describes--
(A) the current process for evaluating airport noise impacts on surrounding communities;
(B) possible alternatives to the existing process and benchmarks; and
(C) the implications of adopting such alternatives.
(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Apr 30, 2008.)