US first airport de-icing recycling system

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Added On December 13, 2016

An airport in Maine is being hailed as the first airport in the US to recycle de-icing fluid.
 
Only one airport can take this, recycle it and turn it back into this.
 
SOUNDBITE(English): ADAM THURLOW, Inland Technologies
"We are the first airport in the country that has the ability to manufacture aircraft de-icing fluid using a recycled product."
 
De-icing fluid is made from a chemical called glycol.
 
As inland technologies' Adam Thurlow explains, an expansion at the Portland jetport allows the company to collect, recycle, re-use and sell their product.
 
The average airport uses about 60,000 gallons of de-icing fluid each year.
 
SOUNDBITE(English): ADAM THURLOW, Inland Technologies
"Since the expansion was complete, we've blended approximately 40-thousand gallons of aircraft deicing fluid for use on the East Coast."
 
Not only do they collect and recycle fluid from Portland, they haul it away from airports all over the country, too.
 
SOUNDBITE(English): ADAM THURLOW, Inland Technologies
"It saves quite a bit in cost but more importantly it saves the environment."
 
SOUNDBITE(English): KATIE THOMPSON, Reporting
"You may not realize it when you're sitting inside the plane but once that deicing fluid falls onto the tarmac, it mixes in with contaminated stormwater and creates this. It can be very damaging to the environment. That's where inland technology comes into play."
 
SOUNDBITE(English): ADAM THURLOW, Inland Technologies
"Before Inland, this stormwater would just go out and it would affect areas like Long Creek, the Fore River and it would eventually end up into Casco Bay."
 
So why doesn't every airport already do this?
 
Federal regulations haven't caught up to technology.
 
SOUNDBITE(English): ADAM THURLOW, Inland Technologies
"Many people still view the ocean as a big filter so levels of glycol are monitored but are still allowed to flow into the ocean."
 
The airlines themselves are starting to take environmental sustainability into their own hands - putting inland to work.
 
SOUNDBITE(English): ADAM THURLOW, Inland Technologies
"Nobody better than the airport here in Portland. Their views on environmental sustainability are greater than any that I've ever seen."