De-icer Shortage May Mean More Flight Delays

De-icer shortage could make things slippery for airports in storms
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2008 11:22 AM CST
Heavy machinery attempts to remove snow at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport in this Dec. 1, 2006, file photo.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
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(Newser) – If your flight leaves late this winter, consider blaming Canada. A mineworkers' strike there has led to a shortage of a key chemical used to de-ice runways. Airports plan to use other chemicals instead, but that will take a toll on both budgets and the environment, reports USA Today.

One major manufacturer of de-icing liquid estimates it will produce less than a third of the amount it did last year. "We're pretty confident that, while it may cost us more, we will be able to get what we need.," said a rep for Detroit's airport, the 5th snowiest in the nation.