The National Academies

ACRP 02-67 [Final]

Airport Air Quality Management Guidebook and Resource Library

  Project Data
Funds: $400,000
Research Agency: Booz Allen Hamilton
Principal Investigator: Phillip Soucacos
Effective Date: 8/7/2015
Completion Date: 8/31/2017

Airport air quality management is highly complex and technical, involving unique community concerns, jurisdictional issues, and regulatory requirements. Airport staff typically manage a variety of environmental issues, such as air quality, storm water management and noise. There are few airports that have dedicated environmental experts with deep knowledge and experience in air quality issues. Most airports have individuals who are engaged and focused on other aspects of airport operations with air quality management responsibilities being one of many. While some airports have all their air quality issues managed by consultants, they must still be overseen by airport staff. There are a lot of material and resources available on airport air quality issues that have been produced by various entities. These include ACRP, FAA, ACI-NA, and ICAO, among others and include guidance documents, advisory circulars, standards, tutorials, and tools to assist airport staff in maintaining compliance in air quality. Even with the amount of materials that are available, there are still gaps in the resources that are available to help airport staff manage air quality issues. To maximize utility for the user, the vast array of published research studies, resources and tools need to be compiled and organized to provide a “go-to” tool box for managing air quality issues.
The objectives of this research were to develop (1) an updatable CD-ROM-based airport air quality management electronic resource library; (2) an airport air quality management 101 guidebook; and (3) problem statements for further related studies needed in the air quality area.  The resource library is intended to be used by airport air quality stakeholders to direct them to useful information based on the different topics in air quality management issues. It should be updatable to allow local users to add resources. It should include at a minimum: (a) an indexed list of published documents, resources, and tools; and (b) short videos demonstrating how to use the models and other tools developed by ACRP that have been developed to assist in managing air quality issues. The indexed list of documents and resources should include: (a) a brief summary of the material and (b) hyperlinks to the original material. The airport air quality management 101 guidebook should be written for those airport employees who are not necessarily environmental or air quality specialists or scientists and should include the following discussions at a minimum:
  • The components of air quality management (e.g., planning, permitting, and reporting)
  • Emissions sources and associated airport activities;
  • Air Quality Regulations applicable to airports;
    • Attainment and Non-attainment areas;
  • Decision trees for air quality management processes (i.e., planning, permitting, etc.);
  • Mitigation strategies;
  • Available tools;
  • Emerging issues and topics for further research in airport air quality;
  • Community engagement strategies;
  • FAQs; and
  • Glossary.

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