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AvGas Producers struggle with lead pollution

AvGas Producers struggle with lead pollution

Aircraft AvGas producers are facing charges in lead population

» Health | Friday, May 13, 2011 • Air News Times
The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) in Oakland Califoria announced it has initiated legal action against ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, Shell, AvFuel Corporation and 38 airport-based suppliers of lead containing aviation fuel, for pollution of drinking water sources and/or air around twenty-five airports throughout California.

Under California law, pollution of drinking water sources above state standards would require the companies to cease sales of their leaded gas. 

“The oil and aviation industries need to know Californians will not tolerate lead pollution that threatens our health and healthy environments,” said Michael Green, Executive Director of CEH.



“We expect the industries to take immediate action to eliminate pollution that endangers children and families who live, work and play near airports across the state.” The CEH legal action identifies 25 airports designated in a 2008 EPA report as those with the highest lead emissions in California.



The legal action is directed against the fuel suppliers and companies that produce fuel sold at those airports. Among the airports with high levels of lead emitted from the use of aviation gas (avgas) are Los Angeles International (LAX), Oakland International, Orange County’s John Wayne Airport, Montgomery Field and Gillespie Field in San Diego, and others throughout the state.

 

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