State Assemblyman Ted Lieu announced the introduction of a Joint Resolution in the Assembly on April 22nd, urging the federal government to end the toxic emissions and excessive noise problems at Santa Monica Airport.
Assembly Joint Resolution 41 (AJR 41) urges the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation to work together and review unhealthy aircraft noise levels and pollution at the airport.
“The federal government, especially the FAA, can no longer ignore the dangerous public health risks at Santa Monica Municipal Airport,” said Lieu. “It is time for California to send a strong message to them that the environmental and health risk caused by jet aircraft must be addressed.”
A recent UCLA study found a preponderance of ultra-fine particles east of the city-owned airport. With both ends of the airport’s runway less than 300 feet from densely populated residential communities, Santa Monica Airport is one of the most residentially encroached in the entire nation.
More high-polluting jet aircraft use this airport than ever before, the assemblyman’s office said. The number of jet traffic has increased from an annual total of 1,000 in 1984 to tens of thousands today. Some residents, including a local grassroots organization that is lobbying to reduce the number of jets at the airport, claim that this has increased health risks to 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 Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution. “I would expect that our federal representatives would introduce legislation establishing a standard minimum distance from jet aircraft operations and residences.”
Rubin is the sponsor of the resolution.
AJR 41 will be taken up by the Assembly in the coming weeks.