Logan Airport Health Study
On May 28, 2014, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health released results of a 14-year study of possible health impacts connected with activities at Logan International Airport. Compiled from data collected in 2005 from more than 6,000 telephone interviews conducted with residents living within five miles of Logan Airport, the ground-breaking survey found no adverse cardiac or hearing health issues associated with airport activity. The study did, however, detect some elevations in respiratory issues in the population living closest to Logan, specifically probable asthma in children and COPD in adults who lived in the high exposure area for more than three years.
Studies have found that Logan contributes one percent or less of the carbon monoxide and particulate matter that is found in urban areas. Airport-generated emissions are mostly concentrated near the airport perimeter and rapidly dissipate. The Massachusetts Port Authority supports the findings in the DPH study and has already begun to work with health centers and other agencies to support respiratory health in neighborhoods by ensuring residents are screened, educated and have the tools necessary to reduce respiratory irritants in the home.
For additional information and to view the entire report, you may go to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's website.