Environmentalists worried more air traffic will add to asthma problem in the BX

A plan by some major airlines to increase flights this summer has environmentalists concerned about the health risks it may pose to Bronx residents.

In Clasons Point, the sound of planes taking off and landing can be heard just about every minute of the day. That's why environmentalists say a 10 percent increase in air traffic will create an increase in pollution, which is a problem in the eastern and southeastern sections of the Bronx. Those areas are faced with high rates of asthma already.

Members of the South Bronx Clean Air Coalition say jet fuel from airplanes is a concern because emissions from airplanes contribute to complications with asthma, emphysema, heart disease and other illnesses. They say politicians need to create stiffer regulations for the airline industry to monitor the pollutants planes could be putting in the air.

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