Ford Airport gets $7.2M more for deicer treatment

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Gerald R. Ford International Airport is getting another $7.2 million from the federal government to go toward finishing its new deicer treatment system.

The system would keep the deicer used during the winter on jets from getting into nearby waterways. The chemical previously ran into Trout Creek, a Plaster Creek tributary and the Thornapple River, hurting aquatic life.

A Thursday release from U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow said the U.S. Department of Transportation is contributing $7,239,767 to the project as part of a grant that Ford Airport competed against other airports to get, airport spokeswoman Tara Hernandez said.

Ford Airport previously received $6 million as part of the grant, Hernandez said. The $7.2 million is the second installment.

“The success of this project was dependent on this money,” Hernandez said.

The cash will keep the airport on target for the completion of the project, which has an October 2015 deadline.

Overall, the project costs $19 million, Hernandez said. State and other funds are also going toward it.

The new deicer containment system should be operational during the 2015/2016 winter.

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