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Washington, Jan 31 (Canadian-Media): A plan to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for failing to regulate aircraft emissions after it was clear to the agency in 2016 that those emissions pose a danger to public health, said U.S. Environmental groups on Thursday, media reports said.
A notice of intent to sue the EPA was filed if the agency did not act within six months by Clare Lakewood, climate legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity along with Friends of the Earth.
“Airplane pollution is increasing at really worrying rates, but the EPA just keeps refusing to address this skyrocketing threat to our rapidly warming planet,” Lockwood said.
Airplanes are the third-largest source of U.S. transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions and the largest greenhouse gas emissions standards.
Prediction of worldwide passenger numbers to double from 2017 levels to 8.2 billion by 2037, it is estimated that there would about 70% higher emissions from global international aviation by 2020, higher than in 2005 because of rising travel demand.
About 2 percent of global carbon emissions and about 12 percent of transport emissions are caused by commercial flying.
An EPA spokeswoman said the agency is working on this issue and documents say it intends to issue proposed rules in February and added that anticipates adopting domestic GHG (greenhouse gas) standards that would be aligned to International Civil Aviation Organization (CAO)’s standards.