ESA Airports Provides Air Quality and Biological Resources Services for Airports Nationwide

05.14.2013

Here is an overview of ESA’s capabilities in these areas and how our airport clients can benefit from our expertise.

Air Quality

ESA Airports is widely recognized for designing and implementing cost-effective air quality compliance programs for airports.  We design these programs to meet applicable federal, state, and local laws while maintaining operational flexibility. Our air quality services include:

  • Emission Inventory Preparation – ESA prepares inventories using a variety of software tools, including the FAA’s Emissions and Dispersion Modeling System (EDMS), U.S. EPA AP-42 emission factors, and U.S. EPA on-road (MOVES and GEMS) and off-road (NONROAD) software models.  We prepare inventories for criteria pollutants, greenhouse gases (GHGs), and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) for projects ranging in size from small equipment replacements up to large airport master plans.
  • Air Dispersion Modeling – ESA uses screening level (AERSCREEN) and detailed dispersion models (AERMOD, CALPUFF, and CAL3QHC) to estimate pollutant concentrations produced by existing and proposed airport activities.
  • Health Risk Assessments (HRAs) – ESA uses estimates of HAPs concentrations to evaluate acute, chronic, and carcinogenic health risks.  ESA’s HRA experience allows us to provide our clients with a variety of options for minimizing a project’s health risks.
  • Air Permitting - ESA works with clients and regulatory agencies to obtain air permits for a wide variety of emission sources, including those found at airports.  Our experience includes obtaining, maintaining, and revising a wide range of air permits, including Title V, Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD), and New Source Review (NSR).
  • Compliance Reporting – ESA has prepared numerous air quality compliance reports, including permit compliance, NEPA and CEQA documentation, and federal general and transportation conformity reports.  We continually strive to prepare environmental documentation that is accurate, concise, and easily understood.

ESA’s abundant experience in natural resources management, our specialized knowledge and qualifications related to airports, and our ability to work collaboratively with clients, regulatory agencies, and other stakeholders helps ensure our client’s success over the long-term.

Biological Resources

ESA has served airports across the country as natural resource, hazardous wildlife and regulatory permitting consultants. Our team of biologists, cultural resources specialists, and regulatory permitting experts work closely with airport staff at all levels to proactively address natural resource management issues, seeking solutions that are expedient, efficient, and cost-effective, while always keeping the airport’s long-term goals in focus. We have worked with airport staff to strategically address future land use issues, vigorously communicating FAA and the airport policies as they related to natural resource management to regulators, and successfully achieving compliance with project permits.

ESA’s biologists are well-versed in all aspects of regulatory permitting at airports, including:

  • Wetland Permitting  ESA has developed comprehensive permitting strategies that meet federal and state requirements, including the development of mitigation plans that meet federal Mitigation Rule requirements while considering FAA guidance on mitigation near airports.
  • Endangered Species   ESA assists airports and FAA staff in consultations with USFWS and state agencies, as well as developing internal compliance measures to protect listed species that may occur in or around airport properties. This includes developing a regulatory “tool box” that identifies various regulatory tools at the airport’s disposal to ensure compliance with federal and state Endangered Species Acts.
  • Compliance Monitoring  Our diverse group of biologist, archaeologists, water quality specialists, and air quality specialists provide on-the-ground monitoring services during construction and after. We work closely with airport staff to ensure contractors understand permit conditions and requirements, and keep projects within compliance.
  • Program Management - ESA leads comprehensive Environmental Program Management services for master plan projects, often directing multidisciplinary teams through all phases of environmental compliance and mitigation. Our staff of senior environmental compliance experts understand the design-build process, and work with clients and stakeholders to address potential environmental issues proactively.

ESA’s abundant experience in natural resources management, our specialized knowledge and qualifications related to airports, and our ability to work collaboratively with clients, regulatory agencies, and other stakeholders helps ensure our client’s success over the long-term.

To discuss your air quality needs contact Adrian Jones at ajones [at] esassoc [dot] com at 415.896.5900 and for biological resources contact Erich Fischer at efischer [at] esassoc [dot] com or at 916.564.4500.