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Selectmen’s Meeting 10.15.18 Continued

by Mary Greendale
October 16, 2018

The Board approved changing the road salt product that the Highway Department will apply to icy streets in 2018-2019. 

The Board approved changing the road salt product that the Highway Department will apply to icy streets this winter. The new product enhances rock salt to improve results and reduce volumes of product used. It is called ClearLane® enhanced deicer. This reporter got curious.

Is this more expensive?
DPW Director Sean Reese tells HollistonReporter.com that rock salt costs about $46 per ton and the enhanced product is about another $20 a ton, "But, that being said the idea is we use less of this product and it is significantly more effective," according to Reese. By using less, the product has less impact on the environment and in clean-up.

Is it safe?
According to the Cargill website, "The newly formulated ClearLane® enhanced deicer carries the distinguished Safer Choice label, granted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This distinction is only allotted to products deemed safer when compared to other chemicals in their class."

How Do We Use Less?
The website also talks about scatter. We all know that when we toss deicer on our walkways or driveway, the stuff annoyingly bounces all over the place. Or if you travel behind a sanding truck, you can see the specks leaping this way and that. Then the cars come along and scatter it farther onto lawns, along curbs and down drains. 

Again from the Cargill website, "With ClearLane® enhanced deicer, our patented mixing process and unique treatment formula creates a blended, non-leaching deicer with a uniform liquid level throughout the product... the product adhere(s) to the road surface better. Lab tests show, 80% of ClearLane® enhanced deicer stays within 18 inches of where it lands as opposed to 51% of bulk deicing salt. That means you get less bounce and less scatter, which translates to fewer applications, less product use and less overall cost."

Where Does Town Buy It?
The Town buys this salt through the Medfield consortium, which is composed of several towns.

We will just have to wait and see how the "stuff" works. Hope it lives up to its hype.

 

 

 

 

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The MSDS is always the key to bypassing the marketing hype. From Cargill's website, "ClearLane" is 91 to 96% rock salt (NaCl), (coated with?) 1.0 to 1.3% Magnesium Chloride (MgCl2), and 2.3-2.6% water, with trace amounts of other chemicals which probably improve flow, add color and reduce clumping. They seem to take standard rock salt and spray it with an MgCl2 solution. I guess we have to try it and see if it works. MSDS link here: https://www.cargill.com/doc/1432076001002/clearlane-sds.pdf

- Peter Simpson | 10/17/18 8:53 AM

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