Noise News for Week of September 29, 1996

Proposed Conversion of California Military Base Draws Fire

PUBLICATION: Los Angeles Times
DATE: September 29, 1996
SECTION: Part a; Page 1; Metro Desk
BYLINE: Rene Lynch
DATELINE: Orange County, California

The Los Angeles Times reports that residents don't believe that a draft environmental report -- which says the proposed commercial airport at El Toro Marines Base -- will constitute a good way of addressing noise, pollution, and traffic concerns in the area. They, and others, will have until October 15 to make comments, and County Supervisors will make a decision on the airport on the day before New Year's Eve.

The article notes that there are three main scenarios that describe the Supervisors basic options. First, allow El Toro to handle passengers and cargo and reduce nearby John Wayne Airport to a general aviation airport. Alternatively, El Toro could handle only cargo and general aviation, or could be developed for non-aviation purposes. The first option, especially, would make an airport that averaged 51 flights each hour, 24 hours each day: about five times the traffic of the current military base.

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