More on Santa Monica Airport
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to South Coast Air Quality Management District Executive Officer Barry Wallerstein 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.
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman spoke with National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Acting Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman regarding the tragic crash at the Santa Monica Airport. In their conversation, Rep. Waxman asked that the NTSB expand the scope of its investigation beyond the immediate cause of the crash to examine the overall safety of the airport layout. He also raised concerns about whether the Republican led-government shutdown would significantly delay the agency's investigation.
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael P. Huerta to request immediate action to address safety conditions at Santa Monica Airport, following a deadly crash earlier this week at the airport. The FAA has consistently failed to address past concerns about inadequate measures to ensure the safety of the Santa Monica community, pilots, and passengers.
Today, Rep. Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Federal Aviation Association (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta asking that the FAA participate in a forum in Santa Monica with local residents and the City of Santa Monica to discuss options for the future of the Santa Monica Airport (SMO). The airport is currently operating under the Santa Monica Airport Agreement, a settlement agreement with the FAA that was established in 1984. The agreement will expire in 2015.
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Michael Huerta, Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), to encourage expanded use of unleaded fuels to reduce toxic lead emissions from general aviation aircraft, particularly in airports with close proximity to residential areas. Although the FAA has committed to a replacement for leaded fuel by 2018, it may take 11 years or more to fully phase in a new fuel.
Waxman Amendment to Enhance Safety at Santa Monica Airport Included in H.R. 658, the FAA Reauthorization Bill of 2011
With the support of the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Waxman continues working to address the safety concerns at Santa Monica Airport. The amendment calls on the Federal Aviation Administration to enter into good faith discussions with the city of Santa Monica to achieve runway safety area solutions consistent with FAA design guidelines.
Rep. Waxman and Rep. Harman wrote to FAA Administrator Babbitt to request that the FAA produce an Environmental Impact Statement examining flight traffic at Santa Monica Airport.
Rep. Waxman issued a statement applauding the end of the FAA's test of new flight departure procedures at Santa Monica Airport.
Rep. Waxman sent a letter to FAA Administrator J. Randoph Babbitt urging the FAA to suspend a change in flight departure procedures at Santa Monica Airport that has caused serious noise and disruption for communities living near the airport.
Rep. Waxman and Rep. Harman send letter to FAA Administrator Babbitt about safety at Santa Monica Airport
Rep. Waxman and Rep. Harman send letter calling on FAA Administrator Babbitt to address ongoing safety concerns at the Santa Monica Airport. Since the start of the year there have been two serious plane crashes at the airport.