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.
The E.P.A. can now regulate greenhouse gases. A federal appeals court agreed with the E.P.A. that greenhouse gases endanger public health, which means that the agency has the authority to limit emissions under the Clean Air Act. This decision is a major blow to the coal industry. On Tuesday, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia decided that the Environmental Protection Agency (“E.P.A.”) was correct in its assertion that the Clean Air Act requires the federal government to impose limits on the emission of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. In 2007, the E.P.A. argued that it did… Read more