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NASA Bags Algae, Wastewater in Bid for Aviation Fuel
from The New York Times
NASA is applying space technology to a decidedly down-to-earth effort that links the production of algae-based fuel with an inexpensive method of sewage treatment. The space agency is growing algae for biofuel in plastic bags of sewage floating in the ocean. More
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EPA Requests Comments on Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has requested comments on the proposed rule (Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0508) for mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting from large GHG emissions sources in the United States. This reporting was made mandatory by the FY2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act in order to collect accurate and comprehensive emissions data to guide future policy decisions.
The proposed rule calls for suppliers of fossil fuels or industrial greenhouse gases, manufacturers of vehicles and engines, and facilities that emit 25,000 metric tons or more of GHG emissions per year to submit annual reports to the agency. This covers approximately 85-90% of total national U.S. GHG emissions, from around 13,000 facilities. The first annual report would be submitted to EPA in 2011, for the calendar year 2010, except for vehicle and engine manufacturers, which would begin reporting for model year 2011. A majority of small businesses would fall below the 25,000 metric ton threshold and therefore not required to report their GHG emissions. After this information has been recorded, the EPA is then responsible for verifying this data. A number of airports that operate large combustion-based heating, cooling or cogeneration facilities are likely to be subject to these reporting requirements. EPA’s proposed rule would require any facilities with stationary fuel combustion sources that emit more than 25,000 metric tons per year of carbon dioxide or its greenhouse gas equivalents to report these emissions to EPA annually. Such stationary sources include boilers, stationary engines, heaters and combustion turbines that may be found on airports, especially in heating/cooling plants.
For more information on how the proposed rule will affect airports view this article prepared by John Putnam at Kaplan, Kirsch & Rockwell.
AAAE will be collecting comments to deliver to EPA on behalf of airports. Please submit your comments to Leslie Riegle by May 26th, 2009. Click here to view the proposed rule.
Please do not hesitate to contact Leslie Riegle, Director, Regulatory Affairs, with questions at 703-824-0500 x 203.
AAAE is seeking volunteers for a peer review of sustainability practices that have been identified by the Sustainable Aviation Guidance Alliance (SAGA). The Sustainable Aviation Guidance Alliance (SAGA) was formed in 2008 in order to promote the planning, implementation and monitoring of sustainability programs at airports. As a result of these coalition meetings the SAGA Planning Group has created a comprehensive draft matrix which is divided into sections which include: Activities (Planning, Design, Construction, Operations, Maintenance, and Administration), EONS (Economic Viability, Operational Efficiency, Natural Resources, and Social Responsibility) and Functional Areas (Landside, Airside, Airport-wide).
One of the goals of this group is to develop sustainability practices that can be shared in order to encourage implementation of these practices at an increased number of airports. We believe this is a unique opportunity to share best practices, and hope to finalize the matrix by the end of August, 2009. If you would like to volunteer for the review, please send a message indicating your interest to Leslie Riegle by May 22, 2009.
AAAE/O'Hare Airports Going Green Workshop
The Philadelphia International Airport invites you to make your plans now to attend the 81st Annual AAAE Conference and Exposition, scheduled for June 14-17, 2009, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! This historic city will be our host for the best airport industry conference around! The AAAE annual conference always attracts more than 2,500 airport and aviation professionals, including airport executives; airport and aviation suppliers and vendors; airline personnel, and representatives from FAA, TSA and DHS. Four days of discussions revolving around the current state of affairs of the airport industry will be supplemented by an exhibit hall with over 250 vendors ready to assist the industry in meeting its challenges with their products and services.
Don't miss this once-a-year opportunity to meet with airport colleagues from around the country!
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