|Subject||Enjoy your Holiday Air Travel|
Metal finishing disciplines support commercial aircraft. Decorative chrome is mostly used on interiors. Functional anodize is used all over the aircraft to protect parts from corrosion. Hard Chrome is used to assure the correct function of thrust reversers, landing gear, rudder and aileron actuators, propulsion systems, and other flight and landing critical components. If any members of the CARB board are traveling over the holidays, you are only able to do so because the aviation industry has used hexavalent chromium in California to keep you safe. Hard chrome platers support manufacturing, processing, repair and maintenance of critical aircraft components. We follow the explicit direction of engineers within the OEMs and the airlines, and use federal and internationally recognized standards to perform the work. In the United States, the design, production, and maintenance of all aircraft are under the jurisdiction of the FAA who audit and enforce the strict adherence to the requirements. Those requirements dictate the use of hexavalent chrome. People go to jail and/or are fined if regulations are not followed. The United States aviation infrastructure is interstate commerce. Aircraft repair and maintenance is a necessary part of that infrastructure. The CARB does not have authority to regulate interstate commerce. Despite formal efforts by the US government and the aviation community to identify a hard chrome alternative in the late 90's, the industry has not yet found suitable alternatives. This ATCM is not going to change the realities of physics, materials, etc.. Your flight is only able to occur because hexavalent chromium makes it safe and possible. Even the newest Boeing 787 aircraft which will be manufactured for the foreseeable future and will fly for decades are designed to be made and maintained with hexavalent chrome. Every aircraft in the world contains a part that was hexavalent chrome plated in California. Aircraft have usable lives spanning decades and will persist beyond 2039. The California economy depends on tourism. A hard chrome ban is misguided hypocrisy. Enjoy your flight.
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|Date and Time Comment Was Submitted||2022-12-22 08:56:05|
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