At a April 2, 2008, hearing entitled “From the Wright Brothers to the Right Solutions: Curbing Soaring Aviation Emissions,” the EPA indicated its plans to release an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) soon to solicit comments regarding curbing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from aircraft engines. Robert Meyers, principal deputy assistant administrator for the EPA Office of Air and Radiation, testified before the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming that the agency had received petitions urging EPA to determine that aircraft emissions cause or contribute to air pollution and endanger public health. The petitions further urge EPA to adopt regulations to control emissions. The FAA also presented its thought at the Hearing. Daniel K. Elwell, Assistant Administrator, Office of Aviation Policy, Planning and Environment, testified that the FAA believed that strides were already being made toward reducing GHG emitted from aircraft and counseled patience, since aircraft emissions account for only 3% of GHG in the United States.
Also testifying were:
- James C. May, President and CEO, Air Transport Association of America
- Deron Lovaas, Transportation and Energy Project Co-Director, Natual Resources Defense Council and
- Thomas S. Windmuller, Senior Vice President, International Air Transport Association