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Airport’s clean-air efforts earn EPA award
Dirt conveyor for fifth runway recognized as environmental innovation

By A.B. Snedeker

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 recently recognized Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for its innovative approach to environmental stewardship. In a ceremony on February 25, EPA acting regional administrator Stan Meiburg presented the Airport with the Southeastern Diesel Collaborative (SEDC) Leadership Council’s Leadership Award.

Hartsfield-Jackson earned the EPA award for its use of a four-mile conveyor-belt system that transported more than 21.5 million cubic yards of dirt to build the Airport’s fifth runway. This unique approach eliminated more than 2.5 million trips by diesel-fueled dump trucks, which would have logged millions of miles to haul the dirt to the construction site.

“EPA is proud to recognize the efforts of Hartsfield-Jackson to improve air quality and protect public health. Emissions from diesel engines are a serious public health threat and environmental challenge. Reducing these emissions is a priority for EPA,” Meiburg said. “With this approach to construction, the Airport eliminated nearly 2,600 tons of harmful emissions, saved fuel and money, and provided a healthier environment for workers and the neighboring community.”

Brian Hennessey, Hartsfield-Jackson’s environmental and technical services assistant director, accepted the award on behalf of the Airport.

“It is an honor to receive the very first EPA Leadership Award from the SEDC,” he said. “Hartsfield-Jackson takes great pride in its commitment to positive environmental stewardship.”

Opened in May 2006, Hartsfield-Jackson’s fifth runway handles about 100,000 takeoff and landing operations each year. The fifth runway allows three planes to land or take off simultaneously, even during inclement weather.



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