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Maryland Expands Road Salt Alternatives to Advance Environmental and Transportation Goals

Maryland Expands Road Salt Alternatives to Advance Environmental and Transportation Goals

BALTIMORE (January 14, 20,22) Maryland continues to work with the federal government to reduce the use and impact of ice-melting sugars, which can be harmful to public health.

Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), is working to reduce salt levels in streams, rivers, and groundwater. This will protect aquatic life and water sources, while ensuring roads are safe for winter travel. MDE has been working closely with state agencies and local jurisdictions for many years to develop best practices for salt applications. These include improved weather forecasting, using salt in the right amount, targeting roads most in need of treatment and using brine as a way to reduce salt usage. Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration uses a variety of strategies to reduce salt usage while maintaining road safety. In fact, the agency has seen a significant reduction in salt usage over the past five year.

The Maryland Department of the Environment thanks and congratulates the Maryland Department of Transportation, which has shown leadership in reducing road salts that could threaten public health and the environment. Ben Grumbles, Maryland Environment Secretary, said that. We urge Marylanders to make informed decisions about the use of deicing chemicals this winter to protect waterways and wildlife, without compromising mobility or public safety.

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