GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Officials at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids are seeking permission to build a $15 million pipeline to dump a chemical used to melt snow and ice on aircraft into an area river.
WOOD-TV reports (http://bit.ly/r48QWI ) the nearly mile-long pipeline to the Thornapple River would be used to dispose of an estimated 90,000 to 100,000 gallons a year of de-icing fluid. A proposal was submitted Sept. 1 to the state Department of Environmental Quality.
The proposal follows a 2010 DEQ order to stop the runoff of de-icing fluid from the airport into a nearby creek. The chemical is blamed for filling the creek with cream-colored slime.
Airport facilities director Thomas Ecklund says airport officials believe there is enough fast-moving water in the river to dilute the fluid.
Information from: WOOD-TV, http://www.woodtv.com