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Reduced road salt spillage owing to indoor delivery and loading

TitleReduced road salt spillage owing to indoor delivery and loading
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsOstendorf DW, Hinlein ES, Choi S.K.
JournalJournal of Environmental Engineering
Start Page223
Date Published02/2012
KeywordsDeicing, Runoff, Salt

The authors analyze runoff and road salt delivery and loading data from an indoor salt storage facility in eastern Massachusetts over multiple deicing seasons. The facility converted its delivery/loading from outdoors to indoors. Data and simple theory document a fivefold decrease in spillage as a result of the conversion. A seasonally varying balance of first order dissolution and a spill fraction is used to quantify the improvement; the data and model suggest that 0.3% of the outdoor delivered/loaded road salt spilled onto the pavement. The conversion to indoor delivery/loading reduced the spillage fraction to 0.06%.