Ongoing dangers to our
health and environment
The airport is used by a small
percentage of the population,
few of whom are year-round residents,
all of whom could travel here
by less destructive means.
Airplane emissions contain a variety of air pollutants including carbon dioxide and smaller amounts of methane and nitrous oxides. Many of these particles of pollution are tiny, invisible to the eye. If they were larger or in color, people would be made far more aware of the daily dangers to their health and to the environment.
Peer-reviewed studies have concluded that it is the ultra-fine particulate matter that is the main culprit to human health from aviation emissions, since the tiny particulates can be absorbed though the mouth and nose and can become wedged deep in the lung and possibly enter the bloodstream.
Lead is toxic to all life.
Lead is especially dangerous
to children under five years
and to pregnant women.
Of particular concern is avgas, fuel which also contains lead. Avgas is used in small piston engine planes or small helicopters.
Lead was removed from automobile fuel beginning in the 1970s when lead was identified as a stunningly toxic metal. However, is widely used in aviation fuel in the U.S. today.
More than 50 percent of the lead in the air in the United States today is from aviation emissions.
Noise impacts health in many ways
The incessant loud low-flying aircraft create noise and visual pollution, impinging on the mental well-being of thousands of Long Islanders living beneath flight paths on the East End and all the way to NYC.
▪ cardiovascular effects that may arise as a consequence of stress caused by noise;
▪ sleep disturbance, where sleep patterns are disturbed and conscious and premature awakenings may occur;
▪ noise related annoyance that can cause negative emotions;
▪ cognitive impairment in children, which can lead to a subsequent impairment in the quality of life.