At the encouragement from local and state officials, Attorney General of Maryland Brian Frosh is taking another step this week towards suing the Federal Aviation Administration.
Frosh hired outside counsel, Kaplan, Kirsch & Rockwell, to assist his office in the case, which is based on new, lower flight paths.
The project, dubbed NextGen, has significantly condensed flight patterns thus drastically increasing noise pollution in certain neighborhoods, including parts of Montgomery County.
Kaplan, Kirsch & Rockwell won a similar case in Phoenix.
“If you ever stand out there and listen to the airplanes going by, you know it is totally unacceptable,” said Roger Berliner, Montgomery County Council President.
The NextGen flight paths have triggered thousands of noise complaints from Maryland residents, according to the Office of the Attorney General.