New GAO Report Addresses Environmental Impacts

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published its report, Systematically Addressing Environmental Impacts and Community Concerns Can Help Airports Reduce Project Delays. The report specifically addresses (1) actions airports have taken to reduce the environmental impact of their operations and development, (2) the extent to which airports believe environmental issues have or will delay capital projects or operational changes, and (3) strategies airports can adopt to mitigate delays in implementing capital projects and operational changes and address environmental issues.

The report is based on a survey of 150 U.S. airports and detailed interviews with representatives from airports, FAA, EPA, state/local environmental regulators, metropolitan planning organizations, environmental advocacy groups, and community groups. ACI-NA met with GAO throughout the report development process and provided comments and technical clarifications on the draft report.

Strategies GAO identified for mitigating project delays include integrating environmental considerations into planning, streamlining the federal environmental review process, integrating environmental management systems information into the environmental review process, and community outreach.

The report is available here.