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EPA Aircraft Emissions Regulations Are Coming for Commercial Airlines

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By    |   Tuesday, 26 Jul 2016 09:19 AM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final determination that aircraft emissions contribute to air pollution that endangers human health, paving the way for new regulations to be put in place.

The decision to regulate aircraft emissions is the latest in President Obama's "sweeping and contentious second-term climate agenda, which has included rules to rein in greenhouse pollution from cars, trucks and power plants," The New York Times reported.

U.S. aircraft contribute 12 percent of greenhouse gas emissions from the nation's transportation sector, 3 percent of total U.S. GHG emissions, and 29 percent of global aircraft emissions, the EPA said in its announcement.

The finding triggers a requirement under the Clean Air Act for the EPA to establish emission standards for aircraft. It covers jet aircraft with a maximum takeoff mass greater than 5,700 kilograms as well as larger turboprop aircraft. Not included are smaller turboprops, smaller jet aircraft, piston-engine aircraft, helicopters and military aircraft.

The rules are expected to be at least as stringent as those introduced by the U.N. International Civil Aviation Organization, Reuters reported.

“The Obama administration has the opportunity to do something really meaningful here, by writing stronger rules that will actually reduce pollution,” Vera Pardee, a lawyer with the Center for Biological Diversity, told the Times.

But the aircraft industry leaders said that tightening standards could jeopardize safety and airline viability.

“We’re already at the edge of feasibility,” Nancy Young, the vice president for environmental affairs at airline industry lobbyist Airlines for America, told the Times. “You cannot adopt a standard that you don’t know you can meet for an aircraft. Safety is job No. 1 in aviation. And if you say maybe we can push technology to meet this, that’s a worry.”

Airline officials are calling on the Obama administration to model its regulations after those of the U.N. to keep companies like Boeing and General Electric competitive with companies like Airbus in France and Mitsubishi in Japan.

The final outcome of the rules will depend on the results of the November presidential election, The Wall Street Journal reported.

"Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has said she would keep pursuing and expand Mr. Obama’s climate regulations; Republican nominee Donald Trump has questioned the scientific findings underpinning the Obama administration’s climate rules and has vowed to repeal them," The Wall Street Journal said.

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