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Estimating the Cost of Hazardous Waste Material Removal for Airport Construction Projects

To develop a comprehensive resource on the safe handling and cost effective removal of hazardous waste material during airports projects. The report will examine ways to identify the waste, evaluate its impact on environment, construction cost and schedule. The report will augment existing industry standard guidelines established by EPA.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

Most of the US airports were built before 1980 when asbestos was banned as a building material. Many terminals were built on brownfield sites with oil spills and potential toxic materials. Renovations and additions to these facilities pose a major challenge to airport operators and contractors, especially with regards to the identification and safe removal of hazardous waste materials during construction. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established standard practices related to handling hazardous waste materials. Many airports in recent past have faced considerable cost escalation and construction delays because of discovery of hazardous waste materials during construction. It is difficult to identify the hazardous waste materials in advance and estimate the cost for its safe removal and disposal. An ACRP project on identifying hazardous waste and accurately estimating the cost of removal will be beneficial to airport operators, consultant and contractors.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

To develop a comprehensive resource on the safe handling and cost effective removal of hazardous waste material during airports projects. The report will examine ways to identify the waste, evaluate its impact on environment, construction cost and schedule. The report will augment existing industry standard guidelines established by EPA.

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