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Port of Portland is Working on Deicing System

by Staff
Daily Journal of Commerce, March 11, 2009

The Port of Portland is in the process of enhancing its deicing system, which serves Portland International Airport during cold weather. Airlines regularly apply anti-icing and deicing materials to prevent or remove ice and snow from aircrafts, and the port applies similar materials to the runway pavement.

The port in 2003 began operating a $31 million system to collect deicing runoff for monitoring, treating and controlling release into the Columbia Slough. Although the system has been effective at collecting deicing runoff from around the terminals and runways, it does not currently collect runoff from Basin 1, causing the port to exceed its environmental permit limits. The Department of Environmental Quality in 2006 issued a Mutual Agreement and Order to the port that sets up a compliance schedule for making the deicing system compliant with environmental requirements.

The port will hold an open house on its deicing enhancement project on March 26 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Air Cargo Facilities Inc., 7720 N.E. Air Cargo Road, in Portland. For more information on the project, visit

Port of Portland is Working on Deicing System
Daily Journal of Commerce, March 11, 2009

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