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Inland’s Glyvac glycol recovery vehicle offers fast clean up of spent aircraft deicing fluid, reducing environmental impacts while offering 45 percent greater fuel economy over similar models. It is capable of quick offloading of up to 1,800 gal/6,800.
According to the EPA website, airports that conduct aircraft deicing operations, have 1,000+ annual jet departures and 10,000+ total annual departures could be required to collect spent aircraft deicing fluid and treat the wastewater. Some airports could be required to reduce the amount of ammonia discharged from urea-based airfield pavement deicers or to use more environmentally friendly products that don't contain urea.
In addition, urea and a variety of acetate and formate- based products are used to deice runways and taxiways. However, the majority of these compounds exert significant oxygen demands when introduced into natural waterways. There are toxicity concerns associated with certain glycols and urea and with deicing and anti- icing fluid additives as well. As a result, the control of deicing runoff is now being mandated by both federal and state regulatory agencies to protect both human health and the environment. With the advent of these regulations concerning aircraft deicing and management of spent aircraft deicing fluids.