San Jose Airport Poses Little League Health Risk

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) — A little league San Jose could soon leave its field due to lead contamination.

The ground where the Eastridge Little League plays is right next to Reid-Hillsview Airport.

The problem is that leaded fuel used at the airport for a long time may have contaminated the ground, making it dangerous for children.

The airport has since stopped using leaded fuel, but the danger may persist. KRON4 has learned that the county is working on a plan to get kids to play elsewhere. Leaded gasoline no longer exists.

Under a proposal to go to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors next week, Eastridge Little League would receive about $1.8 million over five years to help lease more ball diamonds. in San Jose and improving the park to give the kids a place to practice.

County Supervisor Cindy Chavez is sponsoring the proposal.

“For decades, the county has allowed the Eastridge Little League to play baseball on county-owned Reid-Hillview Airport. Now we need to stop our children from playing ball under the flight path of small planes using leaded fuel after an airborne lead study found high levels of lead in the blood of children in the area with more air traffic,” Chavez said.

The long-term plan is to have Eastridge Little League return to this location after all lead contamination is cleared.

Reid Hillview is currently scheduled to close within the next decade when federal airport funding runs out.

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