EPA Releases Endangerment Finding for Aircraft, Good News for Biofuels
It’s been a big week for aviation. The solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 officially completed its historic flight around the world on Tuesday without using any fossil fuels, just a day after EPA took the first steps toward regulating aircraft greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.
On July 25, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its endangerment finding for aircraft, indicating that greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft are hazardous to public health. This finding requires the EPA to begin crafting regulations for aircraft emissions, including carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxides (NOx), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), and sulfur hexafluoride.
The U.S. EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board staff office has announced plans to hold a public teleconference of the SAB biogenic carbon emissions panel on Oct. 12 as part of its continuing review of the framework for biogenic CO2 emissions from stationary sources first released in November 2014 and updated this February.
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