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Airport de-icing fluid disposal plan gets hearing

Jun 7th, 2013 - Local News

— Residents living near the Grand Rapids airport have sounded off on the facility's plans to dispose of a chemical used to melt snow and ice on aircraft.

About 250 Kent County residents attended the meeting Thursday organized by two associations representing property owners along the Thornapple River. They learned about Gerald R. Ford International Airport's plans to divert and diffuse the chemical in a retention area before it goes into the river.

Residents called for greater transparency and an independent review of the airport's plans.

The proposal follows a 2010 order by state environmental officials to stop the runoff of de-icing fluid from the airport into a tributary of the river. The chemical is blamed for filling the creek with a smelly, cream-colored slime.

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