Cathy Milbourn (News Media only)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2010
EPA Seeks Public Comment on Aircraft Lead Emissions Data
Agency will determine if lead in aviation gas poses threat to public health
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requesting comment on data available for evaluating emissions and potential exposure to lead in gas used in piston-engine aircraft. Lead exposure is of special concern with young children because it puts them at risk for a wide range of health impacts, including lowered IQ and behavioral disorders.
The advanced notice of proposed rulemaking being announced today describes the data that are currently available and being collected that would help evaluate health impacts from piston-engine aircraft emissions. This action describes considerations regarding emission engine standards and requests comment on approaches for transitioning the piston-engine fleet to unleaded gas.
This action will be open for a 60-day comment period upon publication in the Federal Register. EPA will review comments and make a determination as to whether aircraft lead emissions cause or contribute to air pollution, which may reasonably be expected to endanger public health or welfare. By law, EPA in consultation with the Federal Aviation Administration would be required to issue standards if a positive finding were made.
More information: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/aviation.htm
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