Aircraft and Airport-Related Hazardous Air Pollutants: Research Needs and Analysis

Increasingly, airports are being asked to include analysis of the health effects of aircraft emissions known as toxics or hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) in environmental filings. However, unlike criteria air pollutants, for which well documented certification databases exist, information on the production, transport and reactivity of HAPs in aircraft exhaust plumes is extremely rudimentary, deriving from very few measurements of engine types not applicable to the civil fleet. Given the paucity of data regarding HAPS, attempts by airports to address these questions are extremely difficult, often leaving the impression that health risks are unknown, but potentially significant--despite some evidence that airport-related concentrations of HAPs are very difficult to detect, relative to typical urban background levels. The objective of this research is to produce information useful to airport planners and managers on the types of HAPs associated with airports, their sources, detection and measurement, and possible impacts.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $100000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 02-03

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

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

    Gerencher, Christine

  • Performing Organizations:

    Aerodyne Research, Incorporated

    Billerica, MA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Nelson, David

  • Start Date: 20061219
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20080307
  • Source Data: RiP Project 11594

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462989
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Airport Cooperative Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 02-03
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:14PM