Petition to NFPA Board of Directors Dismissed
NATA was disappointed to learn that the petition to the NFPA Board of Directors seeking to overturn the NFPA Standards Council decision #21-3 was dismissed this week. NATA has been vigorously pursuing relief for the aviation industry from costly, unnecessary regulation that mandates additional automatic over-fill protection devices to be retroactively installed at airport loading racks and requires subsequent modifications of mobile refuelers by June 2, 2021.
It is NATA’s position, and that of hundreds of stakeholders from across the industry, that the perceived need for these systems is not based on statistical evidence, and the potential risk they mitigate does not justify their expense.
At this point, as all avenues for relief through the NFPA standards development process have been exhausted, NATA urges FBOs, airports and other fuel providers who are held to the 2017 NFPA 407- Standard for Aircraft Fuel Servicing to work with their Authority Having Jurisdiction, or AHJ, to request a modification to the retroactive component of the requirements. This would preclude existing equipment from the June 2nd deadline for compliance. NATA has prepared a form letter and letter of support for use by our members when seeking a modification from their AHJ.
For those who operate at certificated part 139 airports, NATA has sought an extension for compliance from the FAA and we will communicate any information the FAA makes available.
As always, thank you for your engagement in this issue and for allowing NATA to serve as your voice.
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