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LAX Needs to Reduce Pollution, Says Councilman Bonin

A recent air pollution study, conducted as part of a 2006 settlement agreement involving LAX, found higher levels of ultrafine particles in communities near the airport than in other urban areas.

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin called Wednesday for a report on efforts taken to reduce pollution from jet fuel and ground vehicle emissions experienced in communities near Los Angeles International Airport.

A recent air pollution study, conducted as part of a 2006 settlement agreement involving LAX, found higher levels of ultrafine particles in communities near the airport than in other urban areas, Bonin said in a council motion introduced Thursday.

The extremely tiny particles from airport activity carry toxins into the lungs that later become lodged in tissue or absorbed into the bloodstream, according to his motion.

Exposure to such particles is linked to heart and respiratory disease, according to research by the Southern California Particle Center at UCLA, according to Bonin's motion.

The LAX Air Quality and Source Apportionment Study was conducted by Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that runs LAX and other airports.

"LAX should not only be a world-class airport, but also a first-class neighbor," Bonin said. "The results of LAWA's recent air quality study are crucial to people living in communities near LAX, as well as the traveling public, and we need to be better informed about the possible health impacts caused by pollution from this potentially dangerous form of jet emissions."

Residents in communities such as Playa del Rey, Westchester, El Segundo and Lennox are concerned that the particles could negatively impact them where they "live, work and play," the motion reads.

"People are justifiably concerned about how this air pollution affects the health of their families," Bonin said. "The health and safety of our neighborhoods must come first."

Bonin wants LAWA staff to report to the City Council on the study and offer an "overview of environmental mitigation efforts" involving the ultrafine particles.

- City News Service

Hans Huth January 10, 2014 at 10:55 AM
LAX relies on private companies to provide passenger transportation to its facilities, but has done nothing to provide drivers with adequate parking for breaks or rest. Instead, LAX relies on the surrounding communities to absorb the mess. Diesel busses are left idling next to residences while drivers take their breaks or wait for busses or vans to drop off passengers. Here is evidence of the same collected on December 29, 2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LnyXsUuBLM Not only does this contribute to air pollution, it augments noise and traffic in our communities. When this issue is brought up at community meetings, LAX representatives have responded “it’s not our problem.” I commend Councilmen Bonin for highlighting the need to reduce air pollution in this area. With respect to mitigation, the city can start by posting "No Commercial Bus or Van Parking" signs along Westchester community-access streets like Sepulveda Westway and Sepulveda Eastway, and prohibit the use of our local parking lots for the same. Viable alternatives for parking of these vehicles are posted at: “http://www.laxislax.org” under the link "Diesel Idling".
graciela huth January 10, 2014 at 02:18 PM
LAWA is the source of high levels of extremely dangerous pollutants. The aircrafts use aviation LEADED fuel with additives. Disclosure of those additives has been carefully hidden from the public.Senator Ted Lieu (Santa Monica) and our Council member Bonin finally are paying attention to our request for investigation. Thank you to both of them. The incidence of respiratory problems among our children can be corroborated by the local schools. The Marina Hospital has also records about the neighbors seeking emergency help due to particles getting in their eyes. I was affected in three different opportunities and I can assure you that it is a very painful condition that leaves you blind for several hours. Now when I work in my front yard I use protective glasses. Another source of air pollution from LAWA is caused by the use of insecticides, herbicides and pesticides that occurs once a year around March. They use them other times too but more localized and with less impact. LAWA could easily reduce the air and noise pollution and the horrendous mess in our streets by adopting the regional solution as ARSAC has proposed. But LAWA wants to be the one and only airport in the region regardless of the pain and discomfort it causes to the residents of the surrounding Communities. GOOD NEIGHBOR???

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