September 19, 2018
The Village of Bloomingdale is located less than 6 miles west of O’Hare, represents an area of seven square miles and is home to 22,000 residents. Like neighboring municipalities’ Wood Dale and Itasca, Bloomingdale has endured nonstop jet noise and air pollution for five years.
Currently, Bloomingdale is affected by three flight paths (black broken lines illustrated below): parallels (1) Berteau 10R/28L, (2) Wilson 10C/28C, and (3) Lawrence 10L/28R. Countless schools, parks and the main commercial district at Bloomingdale Road and Lake Street are directly under these three flight paths.
Bloomingdale residents currently experience jet noise in the range of 65 - 90 decibels on a 24/7 basis. As a result, Bloomingdale residents experience consistent and sustained general annoyance, stress, and sleep disturbance. Residents are also exposed to concentrations of ultrafine particulates, black carbon, and nitrogen oxides due to their close proximity to O’Hare. Schools, parks and homes within Bloomingdale are being affected by jet air pollution. The long-term impact on Bloomingdale residents’ health will be detrimental to school children and the elderly.
Bloomingdale residents logged 25,169 noise complaints for calendar year 2017 (compared to only 66 complaints five years earlier). For the month May 2017, residents logged their greatest number of complaints at 4,614; the highest figure ever recorded in Bloomingdale’s history. In comparison, the monthly complaint average for 2012 was 3!