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ACTION TIMELINE

December 5, 2007 – A coalition of conservation groups (including the Center), states, and regional governments filed petitions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urging it to address the effects of vast amounts of global warming pollution from the world’s aircraft.

July 30, 2008 – The Center, Oceana, and Friends of the Earth — represented by Earthjustice — filed a notice of intent to sue the EPA over its failure to address global warming pollution from oceangoing ships and aircraft.

June 11, 2010 – A coalition of environmental groups, including the Center, filed a lawsuit challenging the EPA’s failure to address greenhouse pollution from oceangoing ships, aircraft and non-road vehicles, as well as engines such as those used in industrial operations.

July 5, 2011 – A U.S. District Court ruled that the EPA must formally determine whether greenhouse gas pollution from aircraft endangers human health and welfare.

December 21, 2011 – A transatlantic coalition of environmental groups — including the Center — applauded the decision of Europe’s highest court to uphold the European Union law to reduce carbon pollution from airplanes. The decision, from the Court of Justice of the European Union, affirmed that the EU law was fully compliant with international law.

November 27, 2012 – President Obama undermined efforts to reduce aviation carbon pollution by signing a bill shielding U.S. airlines from a European Union law tackling emissions from airplanes using European airports.

August 5, 2014  Conservation groups, including the Center, filed a notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to reduce global warming pollution from aircraft engines. 

September 4, 2014  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had begun a domestic rulemaking process to determine whether the fast-growing carbon emissions from American aircraft endanger public health and welfare. 

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