July 25, 2005

Ottawa Airport wins international group's environment award

The Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority (OMCIAA) has won the 2005 Environmental Achievement Award presented annually by the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA). OMCIAA's winning entry was a glycol biotreatment system, designed to prevent glycol-used for de-icing purposes-from being released into the Rideau River.

Glycol-contaminated stormwater is captured and treated at a minimal cost and in a manner that does not attract wildlife. Ideal indigenous soil conditions and a network of perforated pipes have allowed the airport to treat the stormwater underground using bacteria. This innovative system has proven that the stormwater can be treated in-situ without affecting neighbouring water bodies.

The ACI-NA Environmental Affairs Committee began the award program in 1997 to spotlight and celebrate environmental achievements undertaken at airports and to promote awareness within the North American airport and regulatory communities. Since then, the competition has seen tremendous growth, with more than 20 entries evaluated this year. Previous Canadian award winners include Halifax International Airport Authority in 2000, AÈroports de Montréal in 2001 and Winnipeg Airports Authority in 2003.

OMCIAA representatives will make a presentation on the system during the ACI-NA Environmental Affairs Committee meeting on September 17, 2005. They will also be recognized during the chairman's honours luncheon at ACI-NA's 14th Annual Conference and Exhibition, to be held September 18-21 in Toronto.

More information is available from OMCIAA president and CEO Jim Facette, 613/560-9302, ext 11, or 613/762-5997.

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