Pollution in our environment first gained attention when some of the great rivers and lakes of the world were declared virtually dead, due to the dumping of various pollutants.
Ground to Air jot airliner approaching runway at Los Angles airport
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GV Aircraft coming in to land
SV Old airport sign ZOOM OUT TO scenery around-year-old black and white still photograph (2 shots)
SVs, GVs and LVs homes around airport being sold, demolished and inspected (27 shots)
SVs Interior reporter interviewing spokesman Clifton Moore (2 shots)
GV Aircraft taking off (2 shots)
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Background: Pollution in our environment first gained attention when some of the great rivers and lakes of the world were declared virtually dead, due to the dumping of various pollutants. With people made aware of the dangers of indiscriminate dumping of waste in water resources, attention was turned to other areas of the environment. Large areas of virgin forest were found to be disappearing, as man continued to encroach on nature's preserves. Some pesticides were banned when it was discovered that the chemicals affected a variety of wildlife, unintentionally.
This report from the National Broadcasting Company, describes another form of pollution -- noise. As with most forms of pollution, noise is a frankenstein monster. A by-product of man's attempts to advance his technology, noise -- in this case from jet airliners -- has now turned on its progenitor.
Because of the increased jet noise at Los Angeles International Airport, the Airport Authority is buying up 220,000,000 dollars worth of property and homes -- and destroying them. The drastic measure could spread to other communities, particularly in view of the proposed supersonic jetliners. New York and other cities have proposed legislation that would limit noise made by aircraft to levels known to be safe. The result could be the prohibition of nearly all major jet aircraft from those communities.
SYNOPSIS: The first jet airliner landed at Los Angels International Airport just ten years ago. A few weeks later, the people who live near the airport began to complain about the noise, and they have not stopped. In ten years the complaints have become a chorus -- louder, in their own way, then the jet noise.
Years before the jets arrived, the airport expansion was approved, announced, and airport warning signs were put up. But real estate developers went right ahead with housing projects adjoining the future runways.
Today at nearly twice what it cost to make L-A International into a jetport, these same houses are being bought up and either moved of destroyed by the Airport Authority. Some of the houses are beautiful and expensive, with a priceless vi??? of the Pacific Ocean. In this area. the average price paid to a home-owner by the Airport Authority is fifty-five thousand dollars. Some go well over a hundred-thousand. Under the airport condemnation order, this entire community will eliminated. In just a few minutes, a bulldozer gobbles up a house that was someone's dream of a lifetime. At one time, the Airport Authority hoped to move most of these houses elsewhere, where they could be lived in. But those plans are not working. Altogether, some twenty-three hundred parcels of real estate are being bought up. The co??? counting interest, will be at leas??? two-hundred and twenty million dollars. People tend to blame the airport managers for allowing the noise to get too close to people's homes, and consequently, for the drastic measures like these, which are now being taken to remedy earlier mistakes.
Mr. Clifton Moore is the man who takes the blame here in Los Angeles.
"It is quite obvious that there is a very limited use for this an a way to correct a noise problem, because of the tremendous cost involved, in trying to stretch it out beyond the present limited boundaries."
Federal noise standards, when and if applied, could require the destruction of many more thousands of homes. Meanwhile there is the question of what activities might be encouraged around airports, and Los Angeles has some preliminary answers. Golf courses, cemeteries, and trails for all those noisy dune buggies and motorcycles.