WASHINGTON, Oct 19 (Reuters) - A group of 11 states and the
District of Columbia on Monday urged the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen the first-ever proposed
standards regulating greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes and
The state attorneys general led by California said the EPA
emissions rules proposed in July were "entirely insufficient."
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the "sham
proposal to regulate it is the equivalent of doing nothing."
The EPA said in July the proposed requirements would apply
to new-type designs as of January 2020 and to in-production
airplanes or those with amended type certificates starting in
2028. The EPA did not immediately comment Monday.
The state attorneys general joining the letter include
Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New
York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and Massachusetts.
"The EPA can and must adopt effective standards to
substantially reduce these emissions, mitigate existing climate
harms, and avoid the worst economic and public health outcomes
of an unmitigated climate crisis," the states said.
In 2016, the U.N. International Civil Aviation Organization
(ICAO) agreed on global airplane emissions standards aimed at
makers of small and large planes, including Airbus SE
and Boeing Co, which both have backed the standards.
The EPA-proposed regulation seeks to align the United States
with the ICAO standards, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said
The 11 states said the EPA proposal would "lag existing
technology by more than 10 years and would result in no GHG
reductions at all compared to business-as-usual." Boeing
declined to comment.
Aircraft account for 12% of all U.S. transportation
greenhouse gas emissions and 3% of total U.S. emissions. They
are the largest source of transportation greenhouse gas
emissions not subject to rules.
Wheeler said in July the proposal is based on "where the
technology is today ... You can't really set the standard that
can't be met."
Under former President Barack Obama, the EPA in 2016
declared aircraft emissions posed a public health danger.
(Reporting by David Shepardson
Editing by Chris Reese and Marguerita Choy)