Guidebook for NEPA and Environmental Reviews at General Aviation Airports

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires review and compliance for all federal actions, which range from administrative and planning projects to very large facility construction projects. Efficient NEPA reviews contribute to timely project delivery. Currently, guidance exists concerning the environmental analysis of transportation projects, and how to follow NEPA processes and policies and special purpose environmental protection laws. However, the vast majority of this guidance is focused on construction, while the guidance available for airports is primarily geared toward commercial service facilities. When one considers that 2,553 of the 3,331 airports included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems are classified as general aviation (GA), it is clear that guidance targeted to GA airports is needed. This guidance would help GA airports navigate the NEPA process by enhancing their planning, anticipating the level of documentation and analysis, improving their communication with regulatory agencies, and avoiding the pitfalls most common in the NEPA process. It would enable GA airports to feel more confident in their understanding of NEPA and would provide information to assist sponsors in determining qualifications for consultants who can produce this documentation with their needs in mind. The guidance would also save the airport sponsor time and money by efficiently producing NEPA documentation that moves through the review process smoothly, enhancing project delivery and improving budget accuracy. The objective of this research is to develop a guidebook for GA airports to help them understand and navigate the NEPA process and other relevant environmental considerations.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $250000.00
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

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

    Greenberger, Marci

  • Start Date: 20150731
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40174

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01572146
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: 02-73
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 1 2015 1:30AM