A resolution requesting the federal government to address health and safety impacts to neighboring communities of Santa Monica Airport has received approval from the state Assembly.

Introduced by Assemblyman Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), Assembly Joint Resolution 41 (AJR 41) urges the Federal Aviation Administration to review aircraft noise and pollution levels and the safety of flight operations at Santa Monica Airport.

Residents living near the airport have expressed concerns over the years of increased air and noise pollution and safety risks, with the runway located less than 300 feet from surrounding neighborhoods.

“There is an urgent need to establish and implement a reasonable distance between aircraft operations and exposed populations,” said Lieu.

“As it stands today, there are no regulations in effect that would protect populations around airports from conditions like we have at Santa Monica Airport. These residents have been suffering for a long time. It is time for the FAA to step up and take responsibility.”

The number of jets using SMO has increased from an annual total of 1,000 in 1984 to tens of thousands today. The neighborhood group Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution has claimed that this increase in jet operations has caused significantly increased health risks to those residents who live near the airport and inhale jet exhaust on a daily basis.

“We appreciate Assemblyman Lieu’s efforts on our behalf with regard to the toxic air pollution coming from Santa Monica Airport’s jet operations into neighboring homes,” said Martin Rubin, director of the resident group, sponsor of the resolution.

“I would expect that our federal representatives would introduce legislation establishing a standard minimum distance from jet aircraft operations and residences. The lack of any such standard has caused many hundreds of families surrounding SMO much suffering.”