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$19M system aims to curb de-icing fluid runoff

Mar 29th, 2013 - Local News

Plans call for a $19 million treatment system to curb the runoff of de-icing fluid from Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.

The project was outlined Thursday by airport Executive Director Brian Ryks to the Kent County Commission.

The compound used to melt snow and ice on aircraft has been a concern after the state Department of Environmental Quality ordered the airport in 2010 to reduce its contribution to a film reported floating atop a tributary of the Thornapple River and Plaster Creek.

The project is scheduled to be completed by late 2015.

The airport uses an estimated 87,000 of the compound each winter flying season, with some 26,000 gallons of it running through the airport's storm water drainage system.

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