LOS ANGELES WORLD AIRPORTS BEGINS MAJOR PHASE OF LANDMARK AIRPORT AIR QUALITY AND SOURCE APPORTIONMENT STUDY
(Los Angeles, California – March 14, 2012) A landmark study that began at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) more than a decade ago is now moving into its final and most important phase -- completion of air quality monitoring in communities around the airport, followed by modeling and analyses to determine the extent of air pollution attributable to airport activities. Phase III of the LAX Air Quality and Source Apportionment Study is being conducted by Tetra Tech, Inc., of Pasadena.
"LAWA is committed to moving the LAX Air Quality and Source Apportionment Study forward, and with the core air monitoring program currently underway, the study and final report is expected to be completed early 2013," said Michael D. Feldman, Los Angeles World Airports deputy executive director.
"This study will answer key questions about air pollution attributable to LAX," said Dr. Joseph Lyou, president and chief executive officer of the Coalition for Clean Air, a public interest group that focuses on air quality issues in California. "We’re excited about the initiation of the monitoring and data analysis program and look forward to seeing the results. Within the next year, we’ll have more air quality data from LAX than has been collected from any other airport in the world."
The air quality monitoring approach includes 17 monitoring sites consisting of fixed-monitoring stations, community satellite sites, and saturation sampling sites in communities adjacent to LAX: El Segundo (south), Lennox (east), Playa del Rey (upwind northwest) and Westchester (north).
Each of the fixed monitoring stations will contain a comprehensive array of monitoring equipment that remains at the same location to provide continuous or time-integrated measurements of a variety of air pollutants. Pollutants to be monitored include particulate matter, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, black carbon, volatile organic compounds, and ultrafine particles.
Four smaller satellite sites are located in Hawthorne, Westchester, El Segundo, and west of LAX; and gradient sampling will provide measurements for a subset of air pollutants at nine additional sites throughout the areas surrounding the airport.
Air quality monitoring will occur over two seasons – the winter season, which began late January 2012, and the summer season beginning July 2012 – to account for typical seasonal changes in meteorology, airport operations, and the associated effects on pollutant transport and dispersion. Analysis of the monitoring and modeling results will occur during the latter half of 2012 and report preparation is expected to be completed by Spring 2013.
A technical working group of air quality scientists and researchers on the federal, state and local levels, as well as community organizations, will continue to provide advice, technical review, and comment on the study through its completion. Public agencies represented in the technical working group include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board, South Coast Air Quality Management District, California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and the Federal Aviation Administration.
The public can obtain status updates and submit comments during the course of the Study on the project web site at http://www.lawa.org/welcome_lax.aspx?id=1060.