OBJECTION times now Extended.
Closing date 12th July 16:00
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De-icer at London Southend Airport
A SAEN working party has been investigating and questioning the Environment Agency and Anglia Water for a number of years now over various issues concerning drainage from the Airport. This included sewage both from the terminal and aircraft toilets, the residue from de-icing aircraft and the runoff from the runway and taxi tracks. The issue that has attracted most interest recently has been that of de-icing fluids.
SAEN has received assurances from the Environment Agency that the use of chemical de-icers (Acetate Compounds) on the runways and taxi tracks would not be permitted until provision for its treatment prior to discharge had been made. Under no circumstances would the toxic residue from the de-icing of aircraft (Ethylene or Propylene glycol compounds) be permitted to be discharged into local watercourses; this must be collected in a sealed system and taken away by road tanker for treatment off site.
As part of what would appear to be a cost cutting exercise the Airport has withdrawn a planning application to build a treatment facility that would have oxygenated and filtered the runoff from the runway and taxi tracks before it was discharged into the Eastwood Brook. This runoff would not only contain Acetate de-icing compounds in winter if permitted but also tyre dust, oil and fuel spillage and carbon particulate. The presence of these compounds in the water is the reason it must be oxygenated to prevent it causing Biological Oxygen Deficiency (BOD) and degrade its low toxicity but also filter out the toxic solids that it will carry.
The Airport has now applied for a licence to discharge this runoff straight into the Eastwood and Prittle Brooks without treatment as Trade Effluent. The settlement of these solids and the oxygenation process will then take place in these watercourses.
A headline article in the local paper that was taken up by some of the national press stated that this direct discharge had been taking place over the last two years with no effect on the environment. The Airport’s Operations Director subsequently denied this in a letter to the same local paper. The purpose of the article appears to have been to soften up local opinion to this discharge and present it as a done deal.
We urge all readers/SAEN members to use the attached form to protest against the granting of this licence and insist that the Airport cleans it’s own mess up and does not just dump it on the rest of us.
You are invited to use the form below to object to this disgraceful application. This form will be auto deliverd once you hit the submitt button. For you conveinence we have pre written 2 objections (selecable) as we can appreciate that this is an area you may not be conversant with, however, it is your right to submitt your own objection, should you decide not to use our form. Please note that your objection will needs to be a bona fide objection. if not it will more than likely be deemed as a "comment" and not accepted.