On Wednesday, July 21, the EPA proposed a new rule to set greenhouse emission standards for certain types of aircraft under the Clean Air Act. Under the proposal, the EPA will adopt domestic standards that conform with the International Civil Aviation Organization guidelines which require reduced carbon dioxide emissions from new aircraft starting in 2028. The proposed rule is welcomed by most major commercial aircraft manufacturers who already comply with the ICAO standards. For more information, please contact Phillip Hoover.
On July 5, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a nondiscretionary duty to determine whether greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from aircraft endanger human welfare. In a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth, and others, Judge Henry Kennedy ruled on EPA’s motion to dismiss and found that under Section 231 of the Clean Air Act, EPA “shall” regulate harmful aircraft emissions, and that it therefore has a mandatory duty to determine whether GHG emissions are harmful. Judge Kennedy has not determined a timeframe… Read more