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Judge Recommends New Noise Variance Subject to Conditions for Bob Hope Airport

On January 22, 2008, California Administrative Law Judge Samuel Reyes recommended that the California Department of Transportation impose conditions on issuing a new noise variance to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority for the Bob Hope Airport. Judge Reyes found that the delays in connection with a Part 161 Study examining nighttime aircraft restrictions were excessive and unjustified, and faulted the Authority for not pursuing other noise abatement measures. The Authority will be required to comprehensively update its noise plan and develop a new schedule for completing the Part 161 Study.

Update: On February 28, 2008, CalTrans adopted the Proposed Decision, effective March 29, 2008.