Denver airport ordered to pay $33.5 million for noise violations

Denver International Airport will have to pay Adams County $33.5 million for noise violations that impacted nearby neighborhoods during a three-year period starting in 2014, a judge has ruled.

The ruling from Jefferson County District Judge Christie Bachmeyer was handed down on Friday but became public Monday.

The judge said DIA didn’t properly monitor noise emanating from aircraft using the airport, violating an intergovernmental agreement it had with Adams County. The county, along with Thornton, Aurora and Brighton, sued the airport in 2018 claiming that DIA had not properly measured noise from airplanes flying over long-established neighborhoods west and south of the airport.

The county and cities had asked for $33.5 million in relief for the violations. The case went to trial in Jefferson County last fall.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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