Homeowners in airport communities near Sea-Tac Airport who received flawed noise mitigation installations from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port of Seattle may get relief from failing “port packages” that are leaking and allowing mold to grow in their homes, under legislation passed unanimously by the Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024.

SB 5955 would establish a port district equity fund in the Washington State Department of Commerce that would oversee the program to repair port packages — including double-pane and triple-pane windows and sound-dampening insulation — many of which failed within a few years.

“For the first time, we have a partnership with the Port of Seattle, the State of Washington, King County, and airport communities to address the needs of homeowners who have been unable to access any assistance to remediate the damage created by failing port packages,” said Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), who represents the district that contains Sea-Tac. “I appreciate the Port of Seattle agreeing to participate in this partnership.”

The bill provides for five years of funding and a report on the number of homes repaired and the number that remain in need of remediation.

The bill now goes to the House for consideration.

A window installed for 33rd Legislative District constituent Mr. Lee many years ago. It is infested with mold between the panes, impossible to clean. He has been on a waiting list for a replacement for eight years.