McCain offers guidelines for noise at Grand Canyon |

McCain offers guidelines for noise at Grand Canyon

Associated Press Writer

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Arizona Sen. John McCain is seeking to impose guidelines for stakeholders working to resolve aircraft noise issues at Grand Canyon National Park.

But environmental groups say if McCain’s amendment becomes law, it would hinder progress in yearslong talks to manage flights over the iconic canyon.

The amendment introduced Tuesday comes ahead of the planned release of a draft environmental impact statement and the Park Service’s preferences on the issue.

A McCain spokeswoman says the longtime Republican senator worked with the Park Service and air tour operators in crafting the amendment that modifies routes at several of the park’s landmarks, defines natural quiet and offers incentives for quiet aircraft technology.

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