Thursday, December 23, 2004

Supervisors list reasons they will sue on LAX plan and its EIR

The Los Angeles County supervisors have cited two main reasons the supervisors will sue the City of Los Angeles regarding the city Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) master plan and its environmental impact report (EIR).

The supervisors said Wednesday, December 8th, that their objections to the LAX plan include the need to delete LAX plans to develop a Ground Transportation Center at Manchester Park in Westchester and the ability of the city to cap the LAX growth at 78 million annual passengers.

In addition, the supervisors have expressed concern regarding the use of an outdated baseline for environmental research, inadequate noise and air quality assessments, environmental justice analysis deficiencies and inadequate alternatives analysis.

"While the other supervisors and I support the broad objectives of a safe, secure and modernized LAX that could accommodate up to 78 million annual passengers, we are still firmly opposed to the current master plan as it stands today," said Supervisor Don Knabe, who represents the Fourth District. "The city has not addressed issues regarding proposed security measures, the need for a regional solution to air passenger and cargo needs of the future.

"The County Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) had also found the (LAX) Master Plan to be inconsistent with the County Airport Land Use Plan and cites the failure of the Master Plan to ensure the orderly expansion of LAX while minimizing the public's exposure to excessive noise and safety hazards."

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