Federal grant helping fund airport's deicing containment facility

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A deicing containment facility planned at Gerald R. Ford International Airport is getting a boost from a federal grant.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is giving more than $7.2 million to the project, according to an announcement Wednesday from the offices of Senator Carl Levin and Senator Debbie Stabenow.

"Gerald R. Ford International Airport provides a vital transportation link to West Michigan," Levin said. "This federal grant will help ensure that the airport can continue to invest in its infrastructure and serve the travelers and businesses that depend on reliable air transportation."

"Today's announcement is great news for the Gerald R. Ford International Airport and the community," said Stabenow. "This support will help the airport preserve local water quality by making sure that deicing fluid doesn't pollute the area's water system."

The Department of Transportation has previously given funding to the project, as indicated in this June story.

Airport administrators have said the facility will be finished in October 2015.

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The deicing containment facility is designed to treat fluid they use on planes in the winter. There have been concerns about the accumulation of deicer chemicals in area waterways. The new treatment system will filter out the chemicals from storm runoff before releasing it into the Thornapple River.


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