2015-01-28

Coalition Statement on EPA's Response to Address Aviation Lead Pollution

According to a press release issued by Friends of the Earth, Professor Deborah Behles, and an environmental protection cohort, filed a petition on behalf of the Friends of the Earth to address the level of lead in aviation fuel. Recently, "the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a response to a petition filed by environmental groups urging the agency to address lead emissions from aviation gasoline ---- the largest source of airborne lead emissions in the country. Lead has been banned from paints and automobile gasoline, but the toxic chemical still remains in the gasoline used by small, propeller-driven airplanes and other general aviation aircraft. Children are particularly susceptible to the harmful effects of lead, and research shows that children who live near general aviation airports have elevated blood lead levels. The EPA had previously set a deadline of mid- to late 2015 to issue its official determination that lead emissions from aviation gasoline could endanger public health and welfare. But In today's response, the EPA pushed that schedule back by three years, with a final determination not coming until 2018 ---- fifteen years after Friends of the Earth first called on the EPA to address this issue and decades after EPA first recognized the potential impact of lead in aviation fuel." To read the full article, please click the link above.

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