County to Pursue Closing Reid-Hillview, Banning Leaded Fuel

Reid-Hillview Airport aerial view
Reid-Hillview Airport in high-density, park-poor East San Jose

Please join us in supporting the expedited closure of the 180-acre Reid-Hillview Airport and its repurposing to a community-centered vision that includes green space. It is a rare opportunity to create new urban green space in a park-deficient urban area, and promote environmental justice without shifting the harmful impacts to the San Martin Airport area. Sign our petition today!

Significant Development: Supervisors Unanimously Vote for Early Closure and More

We have launched this new petition because the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to pursue early closure of Reid-Hillview Airport and protect the East San Jose community from lead fuel harm. Thank you to everyone who took action by email or made public comments at the hearing. This is what was needed and the Supervisors clearly heard you!

In addition to seeking early closure of the airport prior to 2031, the Supervisors voted to:

  • pursue the prohibition of the sale or use of leaded fuel at the airport as of January 1, 2022
  • declare the County’s intent to maintain the existing aircraft hangar capacity and existing runway length and width at San Martin Airport
  • direct the County staff to recommend actions regarding anti-displacement, public safety, disaster response, and community recreation, throughout the Reid-Hillview Vision Plan process.

Our petition is one of the steps we are taking for a better future at our county general aviation airports. This month, we joined a number of other organizations and the County of Santa Clara in petitioning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to make a long-overdue endangerment finding for leaded aviation gas and begin the process of regulating this source of harmful lead emissions.

We will keep you informed of the progress of these two petitions.

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