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FAA Reauthorization Bill Includes Waters’ Provision to Reduce Airport Noise in Inglewood Schools

July 15, 2009
Press Release

Today on Capitol Hill, the House Transportation Committee passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill, which included legislation introduced jointly by Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Congresswoman Jane Harman to facilitate noise mitigation in Inglewood and Lennox schools.  The FAA bill is expected to come before the full House of Representatives in July.

"I am delighted that the Transportation Committee accepted our bill to facilitate noise mitigation in Inglewood and Lennox schools," said Congresswoman Waters.

The FAA bill includes the text of H.R. 1708, a bill introduced by the two Los Angeles-area Congresswomen to permit the release of $110 million in funds to the Inglewood and Lennox School Districts to help reduce noise from overhead aircraft originating at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). 

"Airplanes flying into and out of LAX cause tremendous noise for children in Inglewood, as well as other residents of my district.  This legislation will make it easier for children to study in school without the constant interruption of airplanes overhead," said Congresswoman Waters.

Another LAX-related bill introduced by Congresswoman Waters, H.R. 2872, the LAX Community Safety Act, was not included in the FAA bill when it passed the Transportation Committee but may be added next month when the FAA bill comes before the full House of Representatives.  H.R. 2872 would prevent the northernmost runway at LAX from being moved further north, which would bring the runway closer to the communities of Westchester and Playa del Rey and exacerbate airport noise in these communities.

"I will continue my efforts to protect all of the people of my district from airport noise as the FAA bill continues to move through the House of Representatives," said Congresswoman Waters.