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Washington state airport receives funding for green initiatives

October 29, 2010, 03:17 pm

From cars to airplanes, a lot of work is being done by law makers and environmentalists to cut back on transportation-related pollution. The Voluntary Airport Low Emissions Program is an initiative aimed at cutting down emissions at commercial service airports.

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted $18.3 million to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. While the funding marks one of the largest grants, it's not the first. The FAA has awarded 40 such funds for projects in the past five years.

The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will use the money to obtain a centralized preconditioned air plant that will help reduce emissions on the ground.

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt says the aviation industry is working towards ways to be less harmful towards the environment.

"The FAA is encouraging airlines and airports to find creative ways to reduce aviation's impact on the environment," says Babbitt. "NextGen technology will also help aviation go even greener by significantly reducing the amount of fuel burned during air travel."

NextGen is supposed to improve air traffic management, reduce delays and allow aircraft to travel in the sky closer together. All such actions will help the environment.

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