Fairbanks International Airport received top honors for its environmental commitment to Perfluorinated and Polyfluorinated Substances (PFAS) used in airport firefighting.
The Airports Council International — North America (ACI-NA) last week named Fairbanks International Airport (FAI) one of five recipients of its 2022 Environmental Achievement Award in the mitigation category. The ACI-NA Environmental Achievement Award recognizes efforts to protect and sustain the environment through airport programs and policies.
The goal of FAI’s PFAS program is to identify and mitigate risks to human health. The FAI program included innovative pilot studies to investigate and identify plume boundaries, private well surveys, sampling work, community outreach, and site characterization work.
“FAI’s experience has helped implement DOT&PF to address PFAS throughout the aviation system,” said DOT&PF Commissioner Ryan Anderson. “Fairbanks International Airport has become a leader in creating innovative programs and a national expert in mitigating PFAS.”
ACI-NA is the trade association representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada. The annual Environmental Achievement Award was established by the ACI-NA Environmental Affairs Committee. This commission awards him five awards in the environmental management category. Outreach and Communication; Innovation: Mitigation. and improve the environment. Award submissions will be judged on the basis of environmental merit, innovation, effective implementation, broad applicability, and cost effectiveness.
“It is no exaggeration to say that I am proud of the FAI team,” said FAI Airport Director Angie Speer. “The dedication and compassion they continue to demonstrate while navigating this complex subject is commendable. It was integral to the success of the overall program.”