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Blog | Congressman Waxman Urges FAA To Remove Lead From Aviation Gas

Several studies have measured enormous amounts of pollution in the residential neighborhoods close to the Santa Monica Airport coming from jet operations

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) urges the Federal Aviation Administration to, "accelerate efforts to reduce lead emissions from general aviation."

In his letter (see attached PDF) Waxman reasonably points out to the FAA why the Unleaded Avgas Transition Aviation Rulemaking Committee's extended time-frame is, "simply too long, given the certain and serious harms to human health..."

On behalf of the Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution, I applaud Congressman Waxman and his staff for sending this very well written letter. The FAA should now follow up on Waxman's recommendations to expand the use of unleaded fuel in a more timely fashion considering how lead affects public health.

I now must ask what is being done at the national level to address the toxic emissions from the jets at Santa Monica Airport that blow over and into the hundreds of downwind homes? Several studies have measured enormous amounts of pollution in the residential neighborhoods coming from jet operations.

I urge Congressman Waxman, Congresswoman Karen Bass, and our California Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer to make Santa Monica Airport's effects on public health and safety a priority issue.

The Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution believes that the correct way to fully and fairly solve all the issues surrounding Santa Monica Airport  is to close the airport.

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CTS October 26, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Pilot Dave -- I accept that you "enjoy" the "low flying jets" and the "constant buzzing" noise over your house. It's an odd thing to enjoy, but I do accept it. Hell, some people enjoy Honey Boo Boo, so who am I to judge? I hope though that you can accept that I don't live on Pitcairn Island as you suggest because my kids don't go to school there, my job isn't there, my family isn't there and the commute would be quite the pain. I suppose I could fly in and out, but the locals on Pitcairn probably wouldn't want an airport -- you know, because of all the noise and pollution. And I would further guess that if they put one there - even those that moved in after its construction wouldn't want it there either.
Eat your greens October 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Richard B your going to be my wingman in the expanding of Santa Monica Airport. Henry Taxman can bellow out plumes of black smoke, the airport will never go away. Richard B get ready to fly into the wild blue yonder, the friendly skies await you buddy.
Martin Rubin October 26, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Pilot Dave - You dismiss the studies by the U.S. EPA, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District etc., and site studies done by the Federal Board of Air Quality Management. What would you say if I told you that the agency you site does not exist?
Pilot Dave October 28, 2012 at 04:57 AM
You like Honey Boo Boo? Me too.
Arthur Christopher Schaper October 29, 2012 at 07:32 PM
I urge every voter in the 33rd Congressional District, which takes in the entire Santa Monica Bay from Palos Verdes to Malibu, to remove Congressman Henry Waxman from office. Please visit: waxmanwatch.blogspot.com for more information.

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