The Airport Environmental Program helps airports implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other Federal environmental laws and regulations. This includes airport noise compatibility planning (Part 150), airport noise and access restrictions (Part 161), environmental review for airport development, and the application of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970.

Contact Us

  • Richard Doucette, Environmental Program Manager Responsible for oversight of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), FAA Part 150 Noise Studies, and other federal environmental programs and statutes as they relate to FAA airport actions in New England.
  • Michelle Ricci, Environmental Specialist Responsible for Environmental Assessments and Impact Statements and noise abatement studies conducted under Part 150.

National Policy and Guidance

Interim Solar Guidance

The Notice below establishes interim FAA policy for proposals by sponsors of federally obligated airports to construct solar energy systems on airport property. The interim policy for FAA Review of Solar Energy System Projects on Federally Obligated Airports provides the standards for measuring ocular impact of a proposed solar energy system. It also provides direction for accessing a web-based tool for assessing ocular impact and explains the requirements for the airport sponsor to seek FAA approval to construct a solar energy system on an a federally obligated airport. We are currently reviewing comments received about the interim policy.

Important Note about November 2010 Siting Guidance

The interim policy replaces the guidance for reflectivity found in Section 3.1.2 of the "Technical Guidance for Evaluating Selected Solar Technologies on Airports". Users of the Technical Guidance should now follow the processes and procedures outlined in the Interim Policy Document instead of those in Section 3.1.2. As of October 23, 2013, the FAA is reviewing multiple sections of the "Technical Guidance for Evaluating Selected Solar Technologies on Airports" based on new information and field experience, particularly with respect to compatibility and glare. All users of this guidance are hereby notified that significant content in this document may be subject to change, and the FAA cautions users against relying solely on this document at this time.

  • Solar Guide: Technical Guidance for Evaluating Selected Solar Technologies on Airports [View Onscreen (PDF, 6.21 MB) | Print (PDF, 14.5 MB)]