C. Brooks Cutter, attorney for the plaintiffs, filed similar cases in Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of Environmental World Watch and several residents. Those in the area have long maintained that cancer-causing toxins have led to the deaths of dogs, horses and some residents.
Cutter was joined last week by the Los Angeles firm Girardi & Keese, known for its involvement in the Erin Brockovich case. He declined to comment on the cases.
3: FAA rejects airport noise curfew
The Federal Aviation Administration rejected the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority’s application for flight curfews at Bob Hope Airport, dealing a major blow to the thousands of residents who have fought for a nighttime noise curfew since the 1970s.
The airport authority’s proposal — nine years and $7 million in the making — would have banned air traffic at Bob Hope Airport between 10 p.m. and 6:59 a.m., with exceptions for emergency flights and medical aircraft. Airlines today operate under a voluntary agreement not to fly between those times.
The application was the first of its kind to make it through the review process.
In a 42-page letter released Nov. 2, the FAA ruled that a curfew at Bob Hope Airport would unreasonably burdened air traffic and commerce. The letter gave alternatives for dealing with airport noise, leaving room for the airport authority to challenge the decision in federal court.
“Based on the information submitted in this application, it is not likely the benefits will outweigh the costs to users,” the FAA decision stated.