Waxman Calls For Investigation Into Pollution At Santa Monica Airport

Sunday, 22 Dec 2013, 9:58:00 AM

Mirror Staff

Congressman Henry Waxman (33rd-Dem) sent

a

letter

to

South

Coast

Air

Quality

Management

District

Executive

Officer

Barry

Wallerstein on Wednesday

to

request

that

the

agency

investigate

reports

of

high

levels

of

ultrafine

particle

pollution

around

Santa

Monica

Airport

(SMO). 

A

study

released

last

week

from

scientists

at

UCLA

and

the

California

Air

Resources

Board

(CARB)

suggested

that

ultrafine

particle

levels

were

between

four

and

thirty-seven

times

higher

in

the

area

downwind

of

SMO

than

in

neighboring

areas. 

Research

on

particulate

matter

pollution

indicates

it

can

cause

a

range

of

health

impacts,

including

premature

death,

heart

attack,

irregular

heartbeat,

aggravated

asthma,

and

decreased

lung

function.  

In

the

letter, Waxman

writes,

"The

residents

neighboring

SMO

and

those

who

work

there

are

entitled

to

a

safe

living

and

working

environment,

including

clean

air

protected

by

pollution

controls

and

responsible

management

practices."

The

full

text

of

the

letter

is

available online here.

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