The City of Santa Monica, Calif., has embarked on a two-pronged approach to further its efforts to curtail flight operations at Santa Monica Airport (SMO). The latest effort from the city’s airport commission on April 28 addressed legal issues surrounding a proposed recommendation to limit emissions from aircraft operating at SMO.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized new regulations that will provide relief to airports where de-icing fluid is used. The EPA had proposed more stringent de-ice effluent limitations in 2009, but the agency has incorporated voluntary pollution-reduction programs, according to the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA).
Environmental group Friends of the Earth filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), charging the agency with failure to respond to its 2006 petition requesting the regulation of lead emissions from GA aircraft under the Clean Air Act. In the petition, the group asked the EPA to rule that emissions from aircraft that burn leaded fuel may pose a threat to public health. According to the group, nearly six years later, there has been no final action from the agency.
As part of its Green Rotorcraft initiative, the Clean Sky public-private partnership for aeronautical research in Europe has issued its second call for proposals seeking such improvements as diesel engines, electric tail- rotor drive and waste heat conversion to electricity, all of which are expected to contribute to targeted drastic cuts in noise, CO2 and NOx emissions.
A climate bill introduced in the Senate by Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) differs from a similar bill narrowly passed by the House of Representatives in June in that it would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator to set greenhouse gas emission standards for new aircraft and new aircraft engines.
NATA is warning members that new air quality regulations issued by the California Environmental Protection Agency may lead to similar restrictions in other states. The new rules were issued via the state’s Air Resources Board and apply a fleet average emission level to off-road vehicles and equipment, which includes ground-services equipment used at airports, with gasoline and liquefied-petroleum engines that produce more than 25 hp.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has commented on a set of proposed regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that seek to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, specifically targeting emissions by general aviation aircraft.
New air quality regulations issued by the California Environmental Protection Agency may lead to similar restrictions in other states, according to the National Air Transportation Association.
Aircraft and engine manufacturers participating in the Aviation and Environment Summit held in Geneva this spring pledged to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. The 200-plus signatories of the protocol aim to preempt emission control regulation planned by governments and supranational organizations, which could encumber aircraft operators in the near future.
Business and general aviation will likely be “slow adopters” of alternative fuel unless they have significant incentive, such as price, according to Frost & Sullivan research analysts.
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