By: Duane Craig
article in the Santa Monica Daily Press.
One prime concern is the lead contamination from small propeller planes that still use leaded fuel and the effect that has on Santa Monica's reputation as a green city. People have been trying for 10 years to get the airport closed down, but according to the Federal Aviation Administration, that isn't going to happen anytime soon. The FAA claims the airport has to operate forever, even with an impending expiration date on grant obligations. The date is in question as Santa Monica activists say the grant obligations expire in 2015, while the FAA says they don't expire until 2023.
An area bounded by Pico Boulevard, Lincoln Boulevard, Venice Boulevard and Nathan Shapell Memorial Highway takes the brunt of the airport's negative effects. Residents in Santa Monica who live near the airport claim they don't really benefit from its presence and that makes the negatives even harder to bear. Activists have been open to many options including changing some of the airport's operations and limiting the presence of large jets.