Environmental compliance for airports and aviation facilities

With talented engineers, planners, scientists and support professionals, Hanson can assist you with your project’s environmental needs. We specialize in working with local, state and federal regulatory agencies. We can help you obtain your project permits and keep your project on schedule. Since the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was enacted in 1970, agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration have been required to prepare environmental impact reports for federal projects and initiatives.

We also understand the specific environmental challenges that airports face, including determining if your airport is eligible to be designated as a wilderness area or a wildlife preserve or lies within a floodplain; if listed or proposed threatened or endangered species or critical habitats may be affected; if historical, archaeological or culturally significant sites may be affected; and if construction will involve significantly changing or disturbing the area’s surface features, such as wetlands. Through our work on airport projects nationwide, we’ve also addressed stormwater management improvements, created safe aircraft access to busy runways, established quieter environments for nearby residential areas and addressed concerns related to wildlife.

Hanson has completed hundreds of airport projects that required NEPA coordination, including categorical exclusions, environmental assessments (EAs), condensed EAs, short-form EAs and re-evaluations for EAs. Plus, with Hanson’s experience in our infrastructure, rail and industrial markets, we’re equipped to handle all types of projects encountered at an airport.

Hanson’s environmental services for airport and aviation-support facilities include:

NEPA-related services

  • agency coordination
  • air-quality analysis
  • alternatives analysis
  • endangered species surveys
  • NEPA documentation
  • environmental justice issues
  • natural resources studies
  • noise modeling and abatement
  • social/economic impact and land-use assessments

Familiarity with environmental compliance services

  • Sections 4(f) and 6(f) of the Department of Transportation Act
  • Section 7 of the Threatened and Endangered Species Act
  • Section 106 of the Historic Preservation Act
  • Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act
  • Sections 401, 404 and 408 of the Clean Water Act
    state compliance regulations
  • NPDES compliance for construction and industrial discharges
  • county and city ordinance compliance
  • special land-use permits

Ecological services

  • habitat evaluation of aquatic and terrestrial environments
  • tree surveys
  • bird studies

Water management

  • master drainage planning
  • water management studies and improvements
  • water quality monitoring
  • wildlife monitoring
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Rodger Anderson

Environmental specialist
(217) 788-2450, ext. 8309