Private planes are responsible for over half the airborne lead in the United States, with leaded aviation gasoline linked to elevated levels of toxic lead in kids living near airports.
Regulators had previously ignore the research, forcing Friends of the Earth to file a lawsuit against the EPA, due to its inaction aroud airborne lead. The government finally responded with a plan to replace leaded aviation gas with a suitable unleaded alternative, which would protect airport neighbors from toxic airbore lead.
For airport neighbors, this move couldn’t come quickly enough. It’s already been 16 years since lead was banned from auto fuel, and the quicker the phase-out, the lower their lead exposure.
- “U.S. Pledges Substitute For Leaded Aviation Gas By 2018” (Bloomberg News)