Boise & Garden City

Boise Airport expects federal grant for clean air measures

The federal government could end up awarding the Boise Airport as much as $660,000 because the local air is bad sometimes.

The City Council voted Tuesday night to accept an expected grant from the Federal Aviation Administration that would cover 93.75 percent of the cost of adding facilities that would reduce diesel and jet-fuel emissions at the airport.

Those items include equipment that would allow planes sitting at gates to plug into the electrical grid to keep lights and instruments running instead of idling the planes' engines; new lights for the airfield that runs on electrical power instead of diesel; and an electrical device that controls the climate of a plane that's sitting idle, airport spokesman Sean Briggs said.

Boise qualifies for the grant because it sits in an area that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated as having marginal air quality, Briggs said.

He said the airport applied for the grant in June.