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Solar PV Air Quality Environmental Assessment, Hanscom Air Force Base

Hanscom Air Force Base (AFB) leases 40 acres of non-excess available land to a private-sector entity for the development, operation and maintenance of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system on up to 11 available parcels on Base property.

HMMH prepared an Air Applicability Study to support the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed solar photovoltaic (PV) projects at Hanscom AFB. The study included estimating emissions associated with the construction and operation of the proposed solar PV sites. Emissions were estimated for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) and carbon dioxide (CO2) would be estimated. Total construction and operational emissions were estimated, summarized, and compared to the EPA de minimis levels based on the EPA attainment designation for each applicable pollutant.

The air quality study included a discussion of global climate change, and an analysis of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the Proposed Action consistent with the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) guidelines for addressing climate change in the NEPA analysis.

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