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Environmentalists Eye Quick Action on Aircraft Emissions

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By    |   Friday, 23 Jan 2015 02:50 PM

Five organizations Thursday called for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration to develop regulations that will curb the carbon dioxide emissions coming from aircraft.

"We urge EPA to analyze all measures available to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing aircraft," representatives for the groups, including the The Sierra Club, Earth Justice, Friends of the Earth, The Center for Biological Diversity, and the National Resources Defense Council, wrote.

"Greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft are currently responsible for more than 3 percent of total U.S. emissions and are one of the fastest-growing carbon pollution sources, on track to triple globally by 2050 under business-as-usual scenarios," they continued.

In October, the EPA said it will review the issue, starting in April, reports Roll Call, and will finalize regulations in the spring of 2016, but the groups asked in their letter that the timeline be moved up until this year.

The issue came up for review after a court order and legal pressure was put by the Center for Biological Diversity, which said the EPA was taking too long with their decision.

The groups still say the matter is taking too long, as the EPA made an initial push on the matter back in 2008 with a discussion on "technological controls, operational measures to reduce emissions, and standard-setting approaches."

At that time, the groups say in their letter, the EPA analyzed several technological changes for aircraft engines, as well as alterations to reduce drag and weight, operational changes, and modifications to aircraft fuels.

And in its response, the letter writers said "the airline industry committed to deliver fleetwide fuel efficiency improvements of 30 percent by 2025, based on voluntary airline investment and operating initiatives efforts alone."

"EPA's preparatory work and industry's own response demonstrate that aircraft emission reductions can readily be implemented in a cost-effective manner," the groups pointed out in the letter.

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Five organizations Thursday called for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration to develop regulations that will curb the carbon dioxide emissions coming from aircraft.
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