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EAA Keeping Close Watch on Climate Change Policy for GA Impact

April 30, 2009 — In continuing government advocacy efforts, EAA is closely monitoring a formal ruling, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week, that greenhouse gases, including aviation emissions, threaten public health. The ruling could mean that the agency might step in to regulate emissions from aircraft and other sources as public health hazards depending on congressional action on climate change legislation.

Proactively, EAA, along with 20 other organizations from the aerospace industry, recently signed a joint letter that offered perspective and a constructive set of principles to frame the discussions of policy tools to address aviation and climate change. This letter, shared with EPA, members of Congress and international climate change forums included principles expressing the shared vision of the labor, manufacturing, operator and service sectors representing every kind of airplane, airport, service provider, and worker in the aviation industry.

Just like most environmental issues, this is a leading edge topic and EAA will continue to work with Congress and the EPA in an effort to minimize any future impact on general aviation.  EAA members who are interested in learning more about this issue or would like to comment to the EPA may do so by visiting http://epa.gov/climatechange.

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