“The Science of Santa Monica Airport Air Pollution” will be the focus of a community forum to be held in light of the results of a recently released UCLA air monitoring study that has received national attention.

The forum is scheduled at 7 p.m. Monday, January 11th at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 11555 National Blvd., Los Angeles.

Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl will moderate the event, which will include a panel of featured speakers. Among them will be professor Suzanne Paulson, the lead scientist for the recently published UCLA air monitoring study on aircraft emission impacts from the Santa Monica Airport and Bill Piazza, of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

Piazza prepared a risk assessment in 1999 for LAUSD on the downwind extent of emissions from Santa Monica Airport.

The forum will be sponsored by the North Westdale Neighborhood Association and Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution (CRAAP).

“The results of both studies strongly support what residents downwind of Santa Monica Airport have been saying for over a decade; the fumes they frequently smell are also a critical health concern,” says Martin Rubin, the director of CRAAP.

Bahaa Mikhail, president of the neighborhood association, added, “Although the results of the UCLA study are alarming, we are extremely grateful to have the scientific substantiation behind our air pollution concerns in our neighborhood.”

The event is free, and the public will have the opportunity to comment and ask questions.

Free onsite parking as well as street parking is available, and there will be light refreshments.

Information, Rubin at (310) 479-2529, or martinrubin@earthlink.net/.

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