2012 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2012 15:46:30 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] DISPOSAL: Eielson Air Force Base (AK) De-Icing Waste
18-month recycling project saves big money

by Airman 1st Class Yash Rojas, 354th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
March 13, 2012

The 354th Civil Engineer Squadron reached the final stages of an 18- month recycling project recently, saving Eielson nearly $500,000.

The project began when the 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron identified 168,000 pounds of unneeded aircraft deicer fluid -- a composition of two glycols with different boiling points, which made distilling and recycling more difficult than normal antifreeze.

"LRS had turned in this [chemical surplus] as an excess, [off specification] item for us to dispose of," said Randall Smith, 354th CES hazardous waste disposal supervisor.

The 354th LRS cooperated with Smith and other 354th CES members to find a way to remove the excess fluid, making room for other mission- critical materials. The chemicals were taking up one of the storage tanks -- necessary space for supplies used in keeping Eielson mission- read, said Smith.


"[The deicer fluid] is going to be distilled, reblended and recycled over in India," said Smith. "That's pretty impressive."


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Lenny Siegel
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