Evaluation of Airport Emissions within State Implementation Plans

Aviation is a growth sector in the United States. The growth of air traffic operations in the U.S. has resulted in an increase in traffic at the nation's major airports, accompanied by a corresponding increase in surface congestion and emissions. Of the Nation's 3,000 commercial service airports, only 158 are currently located in the Environmental Protetion Administration (EPA) designated nonattainment or maintenance areas (a concise list of these airports is located at: http://www.faa.gov/airports_airtraffic/airports/environmental/vale/). As EPA's emission control strategies for other non-aviation sectors take effect, the aviation emissions sources could become more pronounced both within the current Rate of Progress (ROP) emission inventories conducted for our Nation's poor air quality regions as well as the future forecasted State Implementation Plan (SIP) emission budgets. At the same time, the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) Terminal Area Forecast (TAF) projects the growth of the U.S. aviation activities. How well do the individual SIP emission forecasts agree with the FAA's aviation activity TAF? Given that most SIP emission forecasts for aviation sources differ with the FAA's aviation activity TAF, the objective of this research is to develop recommendations and/or guidance for local and state agencies to better represent future airport emission sources in their SIP forecasts. This research will answer the following questions.  What portion(s) of the individual SIP emissions budgets do airport sources represent? What are the forecasted out years of SIP attainment compliance? How were airport emission sources forecasted for these out years? How do the SIP emissions forecasts compare with the FAA's TAF activity forecast? If there is considerable difference between the two, what recommendations can be brought forth to improve the forecasted growth of airport emissions within the applicable SIP budgets to better align with the FAA TAF?


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 2-21

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Start Date: 20100801
  • Source Data: RiP Project 24414

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461814
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 2-21
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:52PM