NATA Fights Environmental Rule


As if fuel prices weren’t high enough, the Environmental Protection Agency is poised to enact a rule that’s bound to increase them more. The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) says it’s taking the fight against the EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) to Congress after the agency didn’t live up to promises to better explain the impact of the rules to aviation fuel providers. The new rule would require fuel suppliers to park their trucks in containment areas in case they leak when not in use. Not only are the containment areas difficult and expensive to build, say critics, they raise safety concerns. For the sake of efficiency, a fuel supplier would likely build a single containment area to house all its trucks. In the rare case that one leaked and ignited, it would probably result in a huge explosion and fire that would threaten anything nearby. NATA wants the rule stopped in its tracks and has written all 535 members of Congress.