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AIRPORT POLLUTION - LEAD/ENVIRONMENTAL

 

DID YOU KNOW...

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• LEAD was phased out of automobile gasoline, but it is still in aviation fuel and is now the largest source of LEAD emissions in the U.S.

• LEAD is a dangerous neurotoxin that destroys nerve tissue and causes a variety of health and neurological problems, particularly in children.

• LEAD emissions at Gillespie Field (.90 tons per year) are so high that it is being monitored by the Office of Transportation and Air Quality.

• Gillespie Field is in a valley surrounded by freeways and traffic arteries which are major generators of pollution. Adding to that is the airport with 99% LEAD burning small aircraft that fly low around East County.

• East County has only two air pollution monitors; one in El Cajon and one in Alpine. The majority of the planes from Gillespie fly over Santee/Lakeside.

• LEAD is present around all San Diego County Airports...Carlsbad, Oceanside, Ramona, Kearney Mesa, Otay Mesa, Fallbrook, etc.

 

At least 18 schools are within a 2 mile radius of Gillespie Field. Children living near small airports have higher levels of LEAD in their blood.

ARE YOU OR YOUR CHILDREN AT RISK?

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Impact of Noise on Health:
The Divide between Policy and Science

Lead is a harmful and toxic chemical that causes a broad range of adverse health effects when absorbed by the body. These include damage to the central nervous system, cardiovascular function, kidneys, immune system and red blood cells. Children are particularly vulnerable to lead exposure, in part because they are more likely to ingest lead and in part because their developing bodies are more sensitive to the effects of lead. No amount of lead exposure is safe. Read more...


 

 

Aviation emissions

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The Issue

Lead is a harmful and toxic chemical that causes a broad range of adverse health effects when absorbed by the body. These include damage to the central nervous system, cardiovascular function, kidneys, immune system and red blood cells. Children are particularly vulnerable to lead exposure, in part because they are more likely to ingest lead and in part because their developing bodies are more sensitive to the effects of lead. No amount of lead exposure is safe. Read more...

 
 
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A SAMPLING OF WHAT IS FLYING OVER YOUR HOMES & SCHOOLS:
POLLUTANTS & FREQUENT FLIGHTS

 
 
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World’s largest study shows effects of long-term exposure to air pollution and traffic noise on blood pressure

Long-term exposure to air pollution is linked to a greater incidence of high blood pressure, according to the largest study to investigate the effects of both air pollution and traffic noise by following over 41,000 people in five different countries for five to nine years. Read more...


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Environmental Report Pushes For 100LL Replacements


An environmental group that has been urging the EPA to regulate avgas in piston-powered aircraft released a new report this week on lead emissions in its ongoing campaign to remove 100LL from airport pumps. Read more...


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UNLEADED AVIATION FUEL: BARRIERS TO ADOPTION IN CALIFORNIA

 
 

Santa Clara University Environmental Studies and Sciences Capstone Project 2017
Center for Environmental Health - March 2017

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Conservation Groups Launch Legal Challenge to Cut Carbon Pollution from Aircraft

Challenge cites EPA’s delay in addressing one of the fastest-growing sources of carbon pollution

San Francisco, CA — Conservation groups today filed a notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to reduce global warming pollution from aircraft engines. The notice, filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Earth, notes that EPA has failed to reduce this pollution even though a federal judge ruled nearly three years ago that it must address aviation’s fast-growing carbon emissions. Earthjustice is representing Friends of the Earth in the suit. Read more...

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Flying Is Bad for the Planet. You Can Help Make It Better

Take one round-trip flight between New York and California, and you’ve generated about 20 percent of the greenhouse gases that your car emits over an entire year.

If you are like many people, flying may be a large portion of your carbon footprint. Over all, the aviation industry accounts for 11 percent of all transportation-related emissions in the United States. Read more...



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SMALL PLANES = LEAD POLLUTION

Giving up the lead ghost
by Michaela Stith, oceans & vessels intern

When the Environmental Protection Agency completed its phaseout of leaded gasoline in 1996, the agency congratulated itself as having accomplished “one of the great environmental achievements of all time.” Blood lead levels dropped by 70 percent after lead was taken off the highways, so the myth that lead was dead easily proliferated across the country. Read more...

 

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Next Item on Obama’s Climate Agenda: Airplane Pollution

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Monday announced its plan to start regulating planet-warming pollution from airplanes, setting off a battle between environmentalists and the airline industry. Read more...

 

Excessive pollution from air travel is making people sick
and destroying our climate.



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