NATA Appeals to Congress on EPA Rule

 - April 4, 2007, 12:07 PM

In a letter to all 535 members of Congress, National Air Transportation Association (NATA) president James Coyne highlighted what he calls “costly and ill-conceived provisions” within the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) spill prevention, control and countermeasures (SPCC) rule and the agency’s “failure to issue promised clarifications to the rule” that were expected by the end of August. Coyne called on Congress to stop the EPA from moving forward with the rule in its entirety. The SPCC regulations would require mobile refueling vehicles in use at airports to be subject to so-called “secondary containment” when the trucks are not in service. The regulations are set to take effect next year, with all affected businesses required to have a containment plan in place by February and have that plan implemented by next August.