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Port of Pasco Improving Airport

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Pasco, Wash. -- Port leaders from across the Tri-Cities came together in Pasco today and Port of Pasco officials were talking about the future of the Tri-Cities Airport.

Port of Pasco officials say that right now they are preparing the Tri-Cities Airport to make room not only for more travellers but for more stringent environmental standards at the airport.

At today's 5th Annual State of the Ports address, Port of Pasco officials said that they are spending money on a new airplane de-icing program too stay in compliance with the future regulations.

They say the federal government is about to make environmental standards for de-icing that are much more stringent.

Port of Pasco Executive Director, Jim Toomey says, "We just want to make sure that as these rules change we're ready to respond to the environmental conditions that are going to be mandated to airports around the country."

Port officials say that the total cost of construction at the Pasco airport is $8 million and the de-icing project costs $3 million. But they say the money they spend now will save them from federal non-compliance costs in the future.