Public Hearing Looks for Alternative Airline Fuels to Reduce Local Pollution

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Senator Ted Lieu will host a public hearing next week titled Pollution Risks of Aviation Fuel: Looking Forward to an Unleaded Alternative.

Supporters of cleaner, safer air and reduced pollution from exhaust around high-density areas like Los Angeles will review pollution risks from lead and explore alternatives during a public hearing in Westchester by Sen. Ted W. Lieu on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 beginning at 1:30 p.m.

“Federal and state agencies have made dramatic progress in reducing lead concentrations from vehicles, a pollutant whose adverse health effects have been long known and undisputed,” Lieu said. “This year marks the 40th anniversary of the EPA’s decision to phase out lead from automotive gasoline. Unfortunately, lead from airplanes, especially at general aviation airports, continue to expose the public to lead pollution.”

One of the most prominent areas of lead pollution comes from aviation fuel, or avgas, prompting Lieu’s desire to conduct a public discussion about finding an unleaded alternative, as well as a commitment to develop a universal alternative to leaded avgas. 

Joining Lieu, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Air Quality, will be several pollution experts, scientists, health officials and aviation officials including Dr. Phil Fine of the South Coast Air Quality Management District; and Rebecca Anthopolos, (via video), a statistician for the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan. Invited speakers include Dr. John Froines of UCLA’s School of Public Health, an expert on how air pollution affects public health; Fokion N. Egolfopoulos, Ph.D. professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California; a representative of the California Air Resources Board; a representative of the Airplane Owners and Pilots Association (invited); Shant Megerdichian, Airport facilities manager, Torrance Airport; Susan Cline, assistant director of Public Works, City of Santa Monica; and Martin Rubin of Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution.

Pollution Risks of Aviation Fuel: Looking Forward to an Unleaded Alternative will review the health threat posed by leaded aviation gas at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at the Westchester Municipal Building-Community Room, 7166 Manchester Ave. Westchester, CA 90045.

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