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The price of your 2013 flights just went up. The EPA announced on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, it is proposing to adopt new air pollution standards for engines used primarily in large commercial aircraft, including 737s, 747s, and 767s. If adopted in the United States, the standards would be phased in over the next two years, applying to all new engines in 2013.
The proposal would reduce ground-level NOX emissions by an estimated 100,000 tons nationwide by 2030. The standards were previously agreed to by the United Nation's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Due to the global nature of air travel, the EPA works with international agencies to ensure significant and cost effective emissions reductions.
Comments will be accepted for 60 days after the date that the proposal is published in the Federal Register, giving a likely due date of Friday, Sept. 9.
More information: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/aviation.htm
SOURCE: EPA Press Release