Portland Jetport tests new de-icing fluid
PORTLAND (WGME) – There were a few delays and cancellations at the Portland Jetport Wednesday as a result of the storm, but for the flights that did take off, there was a bit of history.
They were de-iced with a one of a kind mixture, a "recycled de-icing fluid."
The jetport's partner, Inland Technologies, collected nearly 6 million gallons of used aircraft de-icing fluid during the past six years.
Wednesday, it was finally put to use.
The fluid has been processed to separate glycol, the de-icing agent, from contaminants like storm water and dirt, so it's able to be used on aircrafts again.
This is the first airport in the United States to capture, mix, and spray recycled de-icing fluid.
"All of our aircraft de-icing will be entirely done with reprocessed, remanufactured aircraft de-icing fluid," Airport Director Paul Bradbury said.
The jetport began using the recycled material this winter season and hopes to continue this trend by collecting glycol from airports across the East Coast. Re-using this material also helps protects streams from harmful chemical runoff.