Thu, Oct 01, 2009
Measure Would Allow EPA, FAA To Set Emissions Standards
Airlines would be required to fly
aircraft with engines meeting a more strict emissions standard
under a bill set to be introduced in the U.S. Senate this week.
Reuters reports that the bill only requires that the U.S. EPA
and FAA write standards "applicable to emissions of greenhouse
gases from new aircraft and new engines used in aircraft by
December 31, 2012," according to a draft copy of the bill. The two
agencies would cooperate in crafting the standards.
The bill would require the government to consider technology
that will be available when the standards go into effect when
crafting them. It must also look at "cost, energy, and safety
factors associated with the application of such technology."
While engine manufacturers have been working on more efficient
NextGen engines for some time, FAA, the airlines, and manufacturing
groups have expressed concerns about EU calls for U.S. airlines to
meet their tougher emissions standards. While the most popular
proposals in congress would actually exceed the EU targets,
airlines have said the changes would significantly increase their
Airline trade groups say they will defer comment until they have
had a chance to see the bill that is introduced.
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