De-icing rule extension sought

 - October 1, 2009, 6:53 AM

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has joined with other aviation associations to ask the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a 60-day extension on the comment period for new proposed rules on airport de-icing fluid effluent limitations. The timing of the initial rules proposal falls within the traditional northern-hemisphere de-icing season. “Because of this timing,” NATA noted, “many of those industry experts with the greatest experience and knowledge of de-icing operations will be unavailable to provide their guidance and insight on the proposed rule when their input is most critical.”

If the EPA approves the extension, the comment period on the proposed rules will end in late February next year. Detailed information on the proposal is available in an EPA technical development document at: www.epa.gov/guide/airport/Airport_TDD_Proposed_2009.pdf