U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters introduced the “LAX Community Safety Act” in Congress Tuesday, June 26th, legislation that would prevent the northernmost runway at Los Angeles International Airport (24R) from being relocated further north.

“Relocating LAX’s northernmost runway farther to the north would increase noise, air pollution, and other environmental impacts on residents, schools and churches, and businesses in the communities to the north and east of LAX,” said Waters, who represents the 35th Congressional District.

Los Angeles World Airports4 officials had recently proposed that the northern runway be moved north at least 340 feet to minimize runway incursions and facilitate use of the runway for large aircraft such as the new Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-800.

Residents and business owners said this would impact residents and businesses in Westchester and Playa del Rey.

“LAX operations already cause tremendous noise and air pollution for the communities of Westchester and Playa del Rey, which lie along the north side of LAX, and the City of Inglewood and the communities of Vermont Knolls and South Los Angeles, which lie to the east of LAX underneath the flight arrival path, Waters said. “Relocating Runway 24R closer to Westchester will exacerbate these impacts.”