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Shortage has State College Being 'Stingy' with Salt Treatment

by on February 16, 2014 9:45 AM

Thanks to a slew of major snowstorms that have blasted the East Coast this winter, salt stockpiles have been eliminated for a large portion of the country.

"Our biggest problem right now is there are no salt stockpiles in all of the Northeast," says State College Public Works Director Mark Whitfield. "Salt is literally coming from the mines and being loaded into trucks for delivery to municipalities."

As of Friday, the borough had roughly 80 tons on stock. Officials were also expecting a delivery of about 50 tons. Crews used about 35 tons for Thursday's storm.

"We have been very stingy in placing salt, simply because of the shortage," Whitfield says. "We will continue to limit our salt use, and will be mixing the salt with limestone chips (for traction), as long as we are in a 'holding pattern' for salt deliveries."

Harris Township Manager Amy Farkas says her maintenance department is not impacted by the shortage. The township routinely mixes salt with an anti-skid material and uses less salt compared to the borough.

"We're fine right now for salt usage for the year," says Farkas. "Deliveries have been coming right as we've ordered them and we haven't been waiting."

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government. jenn.miller@statecollege.com
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