Decision nears on Manston Airport plan to discharge runway waste into the sea
of runway waste into Pegwell Bay.
the owners of Manston airport, at a meeting in Ramsgate last week.
the airport will install an interceptor tank capable of removing runoff water
from the taxiways, aprons and runway before discharging the waste into the sea.
concerns were raised over de-icers, also known as glycols, which cannot be removed
using filtration, entering the bay.
would enter Pegwell Bay for the Environment Agency, said: “I have no worries about
that. I have seen nothing to ring alarm bells in my head. The water from Manston
is heavily diluted with fresh water from springs.”
which could harm animal life. He said: “It would be nice to see an aeration system,
as they have at Gatwick.”
make sure that we capture anything, like oil, that can be harmful to the environment.
It offers another level of protection and complies with legislation.”
hundred thousand pounds to install.
by working to the principle that oil floats. They are used in schools, car washes
and car parks. Waste from Manston airport takes four hours to reach Pegwell.
for de/anti-icing activities and hydrocarbons from oil and fuel. On 15th December,
before the heavy snow on 17th and 18th which closed the airport for several days,
that ” Heathrow had 500,000 litres of de-icing fluid at their disposal.” But
the de-icing chemicals are not without their environmental problems, and if allowed
to enter ground water or water courses, exert levels of biological oxygen demand