[TowerTalk] Salt contamination

Richard HIll rehill at ix.netcom.com
Tue Sep 18 20:42:32 EDT 2007

Rates of salt use are declining rapidly on highways.  Alternatives to NaCl
are getting serious consideration due to environmental realities.  This is
not a good argument for salting your property.

The general environmental consequences of salt are significant in many parts
of the world, and the expense of salt reduction is high.  A search for salt
intrusion on google will give many examples across the US and the world.

That is not to say that chemical ground rods are bad or an environmental
concern.  It would be interesting to understand what risk they pose.  I
suspect little--I suspect that the salts are contained in bentonite and will
leech slowly and at low concentrations.

Let's avoid wild conjecture and inappropriate comparisons.


-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:towertalk-bounces at contesting.com]On Behalf Of Robert Bogash
Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 9:39 AM
To: towertalk at contesting.com
Subject: [TowerTalk] Salt contamination

I don't profess to know what the rules are, or the environmental
consequences, but highway depts spread millions of tons of the stuff on
the roads of this country every winter, that's for sure.


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