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Chemicals used to melt ice can be harmful to environment

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Salt.

The mention of it brings two pictures to mind. First, the little crystals that tumble out of a shaker and onto our food to bring out flavors.

The second picture depicts larger chucks being spread onto our driveways and sidewalks to melt ice and hard-packed snow, and to provide traction on slippery surfaces in the winter.

It's this second picture that causes concern.

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