Coalition to Preserve LA freeway health risks

Residents Living Near Freeways Not Warned About Health Risks

In Black Lung Lofts, News by Ileana Wachtel

The Los Angeles Times reports that since 2005 Los Angeles and other California cities have permitted tens of thousands of homes near freeways, yet the L.A. City council rejected an ordinance to warn citizens of  the health dangers. Environmentalists believed that renters and homeowners have a right to be informed of threats to their health.

Further, the LA Times reported, “Critics say the 2015 decision illustrates city officials’ reluctance to take even incremental action to protect public health if they believe it will discourage home-building.”

Los Angeles and other California cities have permitted tens of thousands of homes near freeways in recent years — flouting the recommendations of state air quality officials who since 2005 have advised that dwellings should not be built within 500 feet of heavy traffic.

“Since then, the science linking traffic pollution to asthma, heart attacks, strokes, reduced lung function, cancer, pre-term births and other health problems has grown stronger.

“And some politicians, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, think more can be done.

“Earlier this year, the Los Angeles City Councilcommissioned a report on potential new measures to reduce residents’ exposure to freeway pollution — such as buffer zones and other development restrictions, zoning changes and stricter design standards.”

Read the full L.A. Times article, “L.A. warns homebuilders, but not residents, of traffic pollution health risks.”

Want to be heard on this issue? Contact Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Herb Wesson.

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