Ontario International Airport

A passenger waits for his ride at L.A./Ontario International Airport in Ontario. The Ontario International Airport Authority claims a proposed map will contract the noise levels around (L.A./Ontario International Airport/Staff file photo)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/02/15, 12:01 AM PST |

ONTARIO >> The Ontario International Airport Authority has opposed a proposed map it claims will contract the noise levels around L.A./Ontario International Airport and shut out 800 residents from being eligible for sound insulation funding.

Los Angeles World Airports – which operates ONT – began a lengthy process last year to update its map to determine if the current sphere around the airport that is exposed to higher than normal aircraft noise levels needs to change.

LAWA will be holding an information workshop on March 19 at the airport to discuss the map update as well as the process.

Al Boling, executive director of the OIAA, said on Monday that contours of the map – indicating noise levels – would be contracted based on aircraft operations and land use around the airport. ONT passenger traffic is down 40 percent since 2007, according to the Inland authority.

“The preliminary estimates that the city of Ontario has is that LAWA’s proposed reduction would eliminate most of the remaining 800 housing from the existing contours,” he said at Monday’s monthly meeting.

Ontario staff has been working with LAWA staff on some of the potential proposals, Boling said. But the first time the city received official notice about the workshop was late last week.

Due to the ongoing litigation, LAWA is reviewing the issues and could not respond.

It has been two decades since this map was updated, but new Federal Aviation Administration rules require it be done regularly, LAWA officials have previously stated. The update will also provide a five-year forecast of traffic at the airport.

In order to be eligible for future funding from the FAA for the residential noise mitigation programs, the map needed to be updated.

Since the inception of the program, LAWA and the FAA has secured more than $100 million in funding to sound proof more than 1,400 homes around the airport as well as acquire and relocate 307 homes with the highest noise impact.

Funding is acquired by LAWA through the FAA. The program known as Quiet Homes is administered by Ontario staff, Boling said. During the last five years, the city has expended $26 million for the program, he said.

The update will help identify whether or not a larger, or smaller, area near the airport is subjected to higher levels of noise that result from aircraft.

OIAA members said based on what they have heard, it shows that LAWA is conceding that ONT traffic will not grow more than 4 million annual passengers. One regional report has ONT growing to 30 million passengers by 2030.

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