Two Westside state legislators are co-sponsoring a bill regarding increased regulation of safety and noise pollution at the Santa Monica Airport.
California Assembly Joint Resolution 41 was introduced by Assemblyman Ted Lieu and co-authored by state Sen. Fran Pavley with additional support from the group Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution (CRAAP).
The bill calls on the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, as well as members of the California congressional delegation to “work collaboratively to review noise levels and the safety of flight operations at Santa Monica Airport to carefully examine the air pollution impact on the communities that surround the airport.” The bill additionally requests those agencies to “enlist the help of expert scientists to study the effects of emissions from the airport and apply that science into remediation efforts.”
It also calls on the aforementioned to establish and implement a “reasonable minimum distance” between aircraft operations at the airport and the neighboring communities.
“We’re tired of breathing exhaust fumes from jet planes,” says Joan Rubin, co-founder of the grassroots clean air advocacy group, who lives east of the airport. “We’re calling on action by our federal representatives to protect many hundreds of families.”
Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl also supports AJR 41 and he will be asking his council colleagues on Tuesday, Aug. 10 to consider supporting it as well.
“A recent UCLA study measured elevated levels of pollutants downwind of Santa Monica Airport from jet emissions,” the councilman, who represents Venice and Mar Vista, said. “This poisonous air increases my constituents’ risk of suffering serious diseases, including respiratory and cardiovascular disease, and irreversible decreases in their children’s lung functions, among other elevated health risks. This is unacceptable. Airport neighbors deserve the right to safety, health and the quiet enjoyment of their neighborhoods.”
AJR 41 has received letters of support from community and environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, the Coalition for Clean Air, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Martin Rubin, CRAAP director, said he hopes that in the state Senate there will be a strong nonpartisan vote in favor of the legislation.
“With no federal minimum distance to protect the community from jet blast, and with measurements showing many hundred times normal levels of dangerous air pollutants, swift action is called for,” the director said.