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H.R. 2539 (115th): Quiet Communities Act of 2017

About the bill

The EPA dissolved one of its own offices dealing with noise pollution in 1981. Should it be brought back?


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) used to coordinate all noise control efforts at the federal level — for example, ensuring that homes weren’t built for people to live too close to airports.

However, the agency’s Office of Noise Abatement and Control was discontinued in 1982, under a Reagan-era initiative to transfer more federal government responsibilities to local or state governments. Much of the noise control responsibility related to airports was transferred to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

In practice, the FAA has been much less stringent than the EPA previously hadon noise abatement issues.

What the bill does

The Quiet Communities Act [H.R. 2539 + S. 3385 …

Sponsor and status

Grace Meng

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 6th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 18, 2017
Length: 7 pages
May 18, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 18, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


14 Cosponsors (14 Democrats)



May 18, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 2539 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 2539. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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