In a regular session, scheduled to begin at 5:30PM on May 12th, the Santa Monica City Council will be considering an item related to air pollution at the Santa Monica Airport [KSMO]. At Item 13-C on the Meeting Agenda, Councilmember Terry O’Day is asking the Council to consider directing staff to prepare an ordinance and leasing standards that would limit allowable emissions of air pollutants from aircraft and other sources at the Santa Monica airport. A PDF copy of the DRAFT Ordinance can be viewed in a scrollable box on page two of this aiREFORM Post.
For those wanting to research the background, here are links to past documents. They shed some light on the extent of the KSMO air pollution problem:
- Santa Monica Municipal Airport A Report On The Generation And Downwind Extent Of Emissions Generated From Aircraft And Ground Support Operations – (43pg report by Bill Piazza, Los Angeles Unified School District; 1999)
- Aircraft Emission Impacts in a Neighborhood Adjacent to a General Aviation Airport in Southern California – (7-pg article, UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences; 2009)
- Santa Monica Airport Health Impact Assessment (HIA) – (21pg study by UCLA CHAT PGY-2 Pediatric Residents; 2010)
- Air Toxics in Communities Adjacent to the Van Nuys and Santa Monica Airports (107-pg study by South Coast Air Quality Management District, SCAQMD; 2010)
- Follow-up Monitoring Campaign at KSMO (37-pg study by SCAQMD; 2011)