• How Much Pollution Comes From LAX is Topic of Pasadena Study

    LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The final phase of a landmark study is under way to
    determine how much air pollution in the region comes from Los Angeles
    International Airport, officials said today.
    Two initial phases of the study determined the best techniques and
    equipment for determining air quality levels and which pollutants can be linked
    to airport operations.
    The study was started in 1999, but was suspended for one year because of
    the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
    The study, which is being conducted by Tetra Tech Inc. of Pasadena,
    includes fixed monitoring stations, community satellite sites and saturation
    sampling sites in communities near LAX, including El Segundo, Lennox, Playa del
    Rey and Westchester.
    Los Angeles World Airports “is committed to moving the LAX Air Quality
    and Source Apportionment Study forward, and with the core air monitoring
    program currently under way, the study and final report is expected to be
    completed early 2013,’ LAWA Deputy Executive Director Michael Feldman said.
    Fixed monitor stations will take regular measurements of particulate
    matter, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, black carbon,
    volatile organic compounds and ultra-fine particles.
    The study will monitor air quality over two seasons, winter and summer
    of this year, to account for changes in meteorology, airport operations and the
    associated effects on pollutant transport and dispersion. Analysis of the
    monitoring and modeling results will occur later this year, with the report
    expected to be completed by the spring of 2013.
    Coalition for Clean Air President Joseph Lyou said his organization
    supports the study, with one caveat.
    “Within the next year, we’ll have more air quality data from LAX than
    has been collected from any other airport in the world,” he said.
    However, Lyou said, LAWA has not identified how it will measure or
    analyze pollution attributable to cars and trucks just outside the airport.
    “Of all the traffic on the streets and freeways outside of LAX
    property, some portion can and should be attributed to LAX,’ Lyou said.
    “Unfortunately, they haven’t committed to saying what they’ll own up to when
    looking at car and truck impacts on air quality in and around the airport. It
    may have the most important and direct impact upon the surrounding community in
    terms of air quality.’
    Coalition for Clean Air Campaign Director Martin Schlageter said the
    pollutants in jet fuel, including formaldehyde, tourmaline and benzene,
    contribute to global warming and are also directly damaging to human health.
    “Unlike passenger cars, we don’t have a lot of alternatives to jet
    fuel,’ Schlageter said.
    A technical working group consisting of community organizations, the
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board, South
    Coast Air Quality Management District, California Office of Environmental
    Health Hazard Assessment and Federal Aviation Administration, will continue to
    contribute input as the study moves forward.

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