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March 5, 2010 - Globe and Mail

Road salt is poisoning water bodies, study finds...One of the most detailed investigations ever conducted in Canada into the fate of road salt has found that it is polluting groundwater and causing some streams during winter thaws to have salinity levels just under those found in the ocean. Read more >

February 23, 2010 - Washington Post - Washington, D.C

Road salt melts snow, but it contaminates groundwater and damages habitats...With all the snow, road crews have been spreading loads of salt all over the sidewalks and roads. I know it wreaks havoc on my car. What does it do to the environment? Read more >

January 27, 2010 - Beacon News - Aurora, Illinois

Regional plan stresses water conservation...It also recommends using alternates to road salt to de-ice roads, because they are harming the region's shallow water aquifers. Read more >

January 27, 2010 - WJAC-TV NEWS – State College, Pennsylvania

Growing Concerns Of Corroded Pipes Underneath Busy Centre Co. Street...Local engineers blame the corrosion on the bottom on the metal pipes on road salt, but are unsure what’s behind corrosion on the sides of the pipes. Read more >

May 14, 2009 - Water Quality Research Journal of Canada

There are no Ontario aquatic fresh water quality guidelines for chloride, but chloride concentrations in almost all the monitored streams in Toronto periodically exceeded chronic and acute chloride threshold levels of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’ City of Toronto, Ontario 1995/2009 Read more >

February 10, 2009 - Star Tribune - St. Paul, Minnesota

Road salt spreading into our water. Rain and melting snow in the Twin Cities have flushed away road salt residue from hundreds of streets and tens of thousands of cars. But that might not be a good thing.
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2009 - Transportation and Environmental Services - Region of Waterloo

An objective look at the impact of winter salt on our drinking water. Tests show that sodium chloride from winter salt is showing up in increasing levels in underground sources of drinking water. Read more >

January 11, 2008 - The Edmonton Journal - Edmonton, Alberta

‘And research shows that half of the road salt flows into the river and the other half seeps down into the groundwater table, stated, Kevin Mercer.’. Read more >

December 5, 2007 - CBC News Toronto - Toronto, Ontario

Ontario will look at putting the brakes on the widespread use of road salt, Premier Dalton McGuinty said Wednesday. The province currently exempts road salt from its environmental protection laws even though it has been called toxic to plants and animals. Read more >

December 4, 2007 - CTV News Toronto - Toronto, Ontario

Road salt is hurting the environment and governments need to find other ways to make Ontario roads safe in the winter, the province's environment commissioner said Tuesday after releasing his annual report.
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December 4, 2007 - 2006/07 Annual Report to the Legislature from the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

The upward trend of road salts usage – as well as the ensuing runoff from roadways, salt storage yards and snow disposal sites – have contributed to elevated chloride levels in surface water, soil and groundwater in Ontario. Read more >

February 14, 2007 - Environment Canada

A comprehensive five-year scientific assessment by Environment Canada determined that in sufficient concentrations, road salts pose a risk to plants, animals and the aquatic environment (Assessment Report - Road Salts). Read more >


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