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, can become wedged deep in the lung and may enter the bloodstream.
The size of particles is directly linked to their potential for causing health problems. Small particles less than 10 micrometers in diameter pose the greatest problems.
Exposure to such particles can affect both your lungs and your heart.
Numerous scientific studies have linked particle pollution exposure to a variety of problems, including:
premature death in people with heart or lung disease
non-fatal heart attacks
aggravated asthma or COPD
decreased lung function
increased respiratory symptoms, such as irritation of the airways, coughing or difficulty breathing.
People with heart or lung diseases, children, and older adults are the most likely to be affected by particle pollution exposure.
Symptoms of particle exposure
Even if you are healthy, you may experience temporary symptoms to particle exposure such as irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, and coughing, phlegm, chest tightness and shortness of breath. (Source: EPA)
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 emissions from piston-engines planes.
Despite avowals for years by the FAA to approve non-leaded fuel for aviation use, the aviation world is still waiting.
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.