MBJ: Feds fund cleaner air from FedEx’s ‘Super Hub’
As the busiest cargo airport in the country — due to FedEx Corp.’s “Super Hub” — Memphis International Airport has been selected for a federal grant to reduce airport ground emissions.
Congressman Steve Cohen announced Tuesday, Sept. 13, that the Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA) was selected to receive a $2.4 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Voluntary Airport Low Emissions (VALE) Program.
Created in 2004, the VALE program helps airports meet state-related air quality responsibilities.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, VALE funds can be used to finance low emission vehicles, refueling and recharging stations, electronic gates and other air quality improvements.
The MSCAA is planning to use the $2.4 million grant toward the purchase of energy efficient ground power units and pre-conditioned air units for the A and C concourses. The pre-conditioned air units will be relocated to the B Concourse once the $114 million Concourse Modernization project is completed, said Glen Thomas, Memphis International Airport PIO.
The MSCAA was selected for a $1.38 million VALE program grant last year.