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05 Dec 2007 04:12:39

US authorities urged to regulate aviation emissions

US authorities urged to regulate aviation emissions
Federal authorities in the US are being urged to introduce measures to regulate the carbon emissions created by the aviation industry.

A coalition of state governments and environmental groups are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate the levels of greenhouse gas emissions from both domestic and foreign aircraft departing and arriving at US airports.

The group has filed a petition asking the EPA to introduce measures requiring operators to increase their fuel efficiency, use cleaner fuels or build more aerodynamic planes.

"We want the EPA to take their head out of the sand and actively promulgate rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions," California attorney general, Jerry Brown, told the Associated Press.

"The EPA has taken a very passive and unimaginative approach to combating global warming," he added.

While the aviation industry is responsible for three per cent of the US's carbon emissions, the petition claimed, Federal Aviation Administration figures suggest domestic aircraft emissions will rise by 60 per cent by 2025.ADNFCR-1235-ID-18382877-ADNFCR

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