The largest funding request is $5 million to help finance thede-icing facility, according to Westchester County Executive AndrewSpano. The facility would cost $10 million, with the countygovernment contributing the other $5 million.

As proposed by the county, a central aircraft de-icing facilitywould be built on a six-to eight-acre site at the airport. Thefacility would de-ice with radiant heat, as an alternative tochemical aircraft de-icing and an advanced catchment system for thechemical de-icers that will continue to be used, county officialsnote.

"We believe the project will substantially improve water qualityin Blind Brook and the Long Island Sound Estuary and that it willdemonstrate cutting-edge technology in the management of aircraftde-icing chemicals," Spano said.

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John Jordan

John Jordan is a veteran journalist with 36 years of print and digital media experience.