ThermoEnergy announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's final regulations regarding airport de-icing operations offer an opportunity for the company to assist airports in protecting the environment and saving money.
New regulations were put in place to protect the nation's water, and they call for a more stringent permitting process for the collection of used aircraft de-icing fluids (ADF) and for removing chemical oxygen demand (COD) agents such as propylene glycol. The new rules also require the use of best available technology standards (BAT) at every airport that directly discharges wastewater in U.S. waterways. In addition, the new standards call for a minimum COD effluent removal rate of 97%.
ThermoEnergy's ADF Recovery System can meet and exceed BAT performance standards and boasts a recovery of glycol of 99% purity that meets ASTM standards for recovered glycol. This elevated purity of the recovered glycol allows airports to sell it to recyclers and generate revenue to offset de-icing operational costs. This is a potentially huge benefit to airports, as new EPA rules are expected to cause a significant increase in de-icing operational costs.
"We can reduce the cost of de-icing operations by up to 50% by recycling the spent glycol in the aircraft de-icing fluid," said ThermoEnergy Chairman and CEO, Cary Bullock. "We look forward to providing airports and the environment with the benefits our technology."
Inland Waters of Ohio has been successfully operating a ThermoEnergy ADF Recovery System for five years at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. To view a video of that glycol recovery system, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJjnmns.
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