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Airport submits noise plan

Paul Clinton

AIRPORT DISTRICT -- Seeking to appease an administrative law judge in

a state noise proceeding, Burbank Airport has filed a plan listing future

measures it will take to reduce jet noise on surrounding homes.

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“This plan is an attempt to satisfy the judge that we are making our

best possible effort to meet the state noise standards,” said airport

spokesman Victor Gill.

Among other things, the plan calls for the airport to eliminate

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unacceptable noise levels by 2015, continue soundproofing 2,300 eligible

homes and lobby the federal government for a mandatory curfew on flights.

The airport will also eliminate the noisier Stage 2 jets by 2005 and

strictly enforce the existing noise rules.

In Aug. 1998, Judge Samuel Reyes gave the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena

Airport Authority one year to assemble a comprehensive plan to address

the ongoing problem of aircraft noise.

To comply with state regulations, the authority participates in a

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Noise Variance Hearing every three years. While the Federal Aviation

Administration has the final word on noise measures, the airport also

seeks to meet state standards imposed in 1971, Gill said.

Burbank is a party in the hearing, but city officials were reluctant

to comment on the plan.

“I have not read it yet,” Ovrom said. “We can’t pass any judgment on

it until we’ve had a chance to review it.”

Peter Kirsch, Burbank’s special counsel on airport issues, said he had

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read the plan but refused to say whether it meets with city approval.

Kirsch also said the city will file a response to the plan with Reyes

-- acting on behalf of Caltrans -- before the judge releases a ruling.

That ruling is expected within 90 days.

One of the plan’s more controversial elements calls for Burbank to

assist the airport in reducing noise by using the city’s land-use powers.

Gill said the city could establish stricter noise-impact guidelines and

require sound insulation for new development near the airport.

“We can’t leave any stone unturned,” Gill said.


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