08 Jul '11, 2pm

EPA Proposes Air Pollution Standard for Commercial Aircraft

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to adopt new air pollution standards for large aircraft engines, and greenhouse gas regulations could be on the way, as a result of a new federal court ruling. The EPA is proposing nitrogen oxide standards for engines used in large aircraft such as 737s, 747s, and 767s. Exposure to nitrogen oxide emissions can cause and aggravate lung diseases and increase susceptibility to respiratory infection. The standards, which were previously agreed to by the United Nation's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), would reduce ground-level nitrogen oxide emissions by an estimated 100,000 tons in the US by 2030. If adopted, they will be phased in over the next two years, applying to all new engines in 2013. The proposal comes just days after a US District court ruled the EPA must formally determine whether greenhou...

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