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EPA Takes First Step Toward Regulating Airline Emissions

With carbon pollution from air travel steadily rising, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking a first step toward regulating emissions. The EPA “will study the issue of greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft, the first step in the regulatory process, and release its findings by next April,” Phillips writes. “If the agency finds airline emissions to be a risk to public health or the environment, it will begin the process of crafting rules. The rules would make airplanes subject to carbon emissions guidelines, in a process similar to the one currently under way for vehicles and power plants.” The international air transport industry has been postponing action on greenhouse gas emissions for a decade or more—even though the International Air Transport Association claimed in 2009 [1] that its members would be carbon neutral by 2020.

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