Detailed Air Quality Evaluation of Teterboro Airport, Teterboro, New Jersey: Research Project Summary



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Trenton, N.J. : New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Science, Research and Technology


The general purpose of the study was to evaluate the potential air quality and health risks associated with operations of Teterboro Airport. Four monitoring stations were established near each end of the two runways,and equipment was set up to monitor volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbonyls, fine particulate matter(PM2.5), black carbon (BC), and other gaseous compounds (continuously measured by open path monitors), as well as wind speed and direction, traffic, and aircraft activity. The study showed that (1) concentrations of certain VOCs (e.g., formaldehyde, toluene) at Teterboro Airport were higher than at other New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) monitoring locations; (2) risks associated with the concentrations of VOCs at parts of Teterboro Airport were higher than risks at other NJDEP monitoring locations (based on conservative risk screening calculations intended to overestimate exposures and be health protective), but these risks were not necessarily associated with the airport operations; (3) similar to other locations in New Jersey, risks at Teterboro Airport exceed health benchmarks, and these exceedances are typical of urban areas in the U.S; (4) PM2.5 average concentrations at Teterboro Airport appears to be higher than at other New Jersey monitoring locations in 2006, although the method used to measure PM2.5 at Teterboro Airport typically yields higher concentrations than the Federal Reference Method; (5) high BC, PM2.5 concentrations and signals from open path monitors were observed to come from both roadways and the airport. It is concluded that the airport activities have measurable impacts on local air quality, although the data were insufficient to quantify these impacts.


Prepared by NJDEP, Division of Science, Research and Technology and ENVIRON International Corporation, 8 Hollis Street Groton, MA 0145


New Jersey, Teterboro Airport, Airports - Environmental aspects - New Jersey, Air quality - Teterboro Airport