Photo by John Schreiber.
FILE PHOTO: Van Nuys Airport. Photo by John Schreiber.

City Councilwoman Nury Martinez called Friday for something to be done about a large mound of asphalt piling up at Van Nuys Airport that neighbors say is an eyesore and the source of dust pollution.

A motion authored by Martinez would direct the Bureau of Street Services to stop adding to the pile and take steps to prevent dust from wafting over to the Lake Balboa community.

The city has been stockpiling the reclaimed asphalt for use on street repaving projects.

“This asphalt tower is not only unsightly, but it also impacts the health and well-being of our local residents,” Martinez said. “I’ve worked for many years to mitigate environmental problems in the San Fernando Valley and to restore the local community with sustainable solutions.

“Today’s motion is just the first step, and I will continue to work with local families until this issue is addressed and they can enjoy their homes free of asphalt dust,” she said.

The motion also would require the Bureau of Street Services to come up with a long-term solution.

— City News Service

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