An EPA Refresher

Directors and environmental compliance managers at commercial service airports around the country face increased demands from ever-changing air quality regulations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to rapidly review and revise...


VALE provides funding to airports in non-attainment or maintenance areas to upgrade existing stationary or mobile sources utilizing low emission technologies. Depending on the size of the airport, 75 percent or 95 percent of eligible costs for clean technologies can be funded. In addition, participants can earn emission credits to meet current or future CAA requirements. The VALE program has provided $82.5 million for airport improvements, which has resulted in a total of $108 million for improvement projects.

Many of the measures that help airports comply with Clean Air Act requirements on capital projects and in airport operations will also support sustainability objectives.

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Denise Scott and Matthew Milligan are technical specialists in the environmental division of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

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