Study: Higher Levels of Potentially Dangerous Tiny Particles in Air Near LAX

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People living and working near Los Angeles International Airport may be exposed to toxins in the air, a new report shows.

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An airplane is seen at Los Angeles International Airport. (Credit: KTLA)

Ultrafine particles (UFPs) from jet exhaust and vehicles blend to create higher levels of air pollution in the area, according to the study, which was paid for by LAX.

The levels of these invisible particles in the air near the airport are three to five times higher than they are in typical urban neighborhoods, the study shows.

Some doctors believe this pollution can cause breathing problems and even heart disease, which is a concern for people in the area.

“Since the jets fly right over the building that I work in, I do smell at least the exhaust or whatever from that, and you always wonder if whatever is coming from that is somehow affecting you in some way or another,” said Wayne Vangelist, who works near LAX.

L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin on Wednesday called for LAX officials to come before the city council to elaborate on the study and explain what they planned on doing to reduce the air pollution.

KTLA’s Juan Flores contributed to this report.