Minneapolis, MN: (Jun-01-07) In a class action lawsuit that was filed against the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), the suit claimed that homeowners around the facility suffered tremendous noise pollution that could pose a severe threat to their health.
In a settlement reached, MAC offered to resolve the class action claims that affect thousands of residents, by paying out $65 million in noise mitigation benefits to 4,400 homeowners in the suit. Under the proposal, owners of homes without central air conditioning would receive it free. They also would receive up to $1,750 for the purchase and installation of noise mitigation products. The settlement is pending approval by Hennepin County District Judge Stephen Aldrich, who is also weighing a separate noise suit filed against the MAC by the cities of Minneapolis, Eagan, and Richfield. [