Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and Councilman Paul Krekorian said Tuesday that they have requested a 75-day extension for public comment on the Federal Aviation Administration’s environmental report on a proposal to replace the passenger terminal at Hollywood Burbank Airport.
“This Burbank Airport project is a big deal, and San Fernando Valley residents deserve a full opportunity to weigh in with their views,” Feuer said. “That’s why I’m calling on the FAA to significantly extend the public comment period. As we’ve seen with the FAA’s changes to Burbank Airport flight patterns, what happens at that airport has a huge, daily impact on Valley residents’ quality of life.”
The FAA will normally grant a 15-day extension where a commenting agency such as the city requests more time to review an environmental report, Feuer said.
“The people of the San Fernando Valley are already suffering significant environmental impacts from the Hollywood Burbank Airport, including intensification of aircraft noise, air pollution and ground traffic,” Krekorian said.
“The replacement terminal, if built, could increase those impacts,” he said. “This draft environmental impact statement is almost 3,000 pages long and this project will impact the people of my district and the rest of the east San Fernando Valley for generations to come.”
Extra time should be afforded to ensure full public participation in the environmental review of the Burbank replacement terminal project, Feuer and Krekorian wrote in their letter to the FAA.
The environmental report addresses a number of potential effects concerning a project that directly affect the lives of the city’s residents and businesses in direct proximity to the project.
Because Los Angeles is not represented on the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, public comment on Burbank Airport projects is the only way for Los Angeles residents to be heard as part of environmental review, Feuer said.
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