Waxman Amendment Insufficient
To the editor:
Today I received from Lisa Pinto, the District Director for Congressman Henry Waxman, the email (see below). The amendment does not seem strong enough to me. What do you think?
Where is the legislation put forward that would offer protection to airport neighbors from the toxic jet emissions that Santa Monica Airport neighbors have had shoved into their throats for more than twenty years. The City of Santa Monica has refused to make air pollution an important issue.
With all due respect, Congressman Waxman’s amendment is weak. At best it will continue the useless polarized discussions between the immovable FAA and the City of Santa Monica. If Santa Monica yields on runway safety, how will that benefit the community?
We would like for Congressman Waxman to once again address the environmental issues as he did in a May 2000 letter to the FAA. Air pollution impacts are not speculative. They happen daily and they need immediate attention. Congressman Waxman should initiate a rule for the FAA to enact a minimum distance from jet blast and the front doors of airport neighbors, like Los Angeles and Santa Monica residents experience from SMO. Please Congressman Waxman, we implore you to do something strong, now to address air pollution at SMO.
Martin Rubin, Director of Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution