Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/17/2013 07:41:52 PM PDT
Updated: 05/17/2013 07:42:00 PM PDT

ONTARIO — Attorneys representing several cities and San Bernardino County opposed to a plan to modernize Los Angeles International Airport say they are in the process of filing a lawsuit against the agency that oversees LAX.

Los Angeles World Airports did not respond to multiple requests for mediation on its environmental plan for the airport, which was approved by the Los Angeles City Council in late April.

Los Angeles had five days to either respond or deny the request. Ontario and San Bernardino County officials never received a response.

“It’s been effectively rejected,” said environmental attorney Barbara Lichman, who filed a joint request for mediation for Ontario, Inglewood, Culver City and San Bernardino County on May 7.

Lichman said Ontario has until May 31 to file the suit.

The Alliance for a Regional Solution to Airport Congestion, a Westchester-based group long opposed to the plan, and the first to seek legal intervention against LAWA, also never received a response, said Douglas Carstens, an attorney for the alliance.

“We’re now in the process of filing a lawsuit – that’s the only thing left to do,” he said.

The Service Employees International Union, which represents contract workers at LAX, has taken similar action.

Given the amount of lawsuits that could be filed, Carstens said the courts could combine them. For now, attorneys will most likely file the suits separately.

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