Road Salts Report

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It is bizarre, to say the least, that every year road salts are used for de-icing or to control dust pollution, given that the ingredients in these products causes significant environmental damage over prolonged periods of time. The ingredients in road salts can include sodium chloride, calcium chloride, potassium chloride and magnesium chloride, among others. There are a number of ways that road salts can enter the wider environment and wreak havoc; many of which are unavoidable. For instance, road salts are widely dispersed in the environment through groundwater and soil absorption, which eventually contaminates plant and animal life with devastating effects. The potential damage to the environment, from the use of road salts, cannot be underestimated. Road salt contamination directly affects vegetation, flora and fauna; however, there is also a secondary effect. Elevated salt levels damage certain plant life while promoting the growth of others. This, in turn, impacts … Read More

Dangers of Road Dust

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The entire reason for dust control on roads, streets, and in industries and agricultural environments is to prevent pollution and contamination from dangerous chemicals and compounds. So, it begs the question: Why are the most frequently used products in this application – road salts – compounding the problem? In essence, by using road salts as dust control, we are replacing one hazardous pollutant with another. Road salts contaminate ground water, vegetation, plant and wild life, as well as cause corrosion to buildings and architecture. As a solution, it just does not make any sense. However, with that said, road dust is a serious problem and an effective solution is needed. Consider the amount of debris on our roads, then consider how under the constant weight of traffic, much of that debris is broken down into particles small enough for us to breathe in. These particles can contain elements of asbestos, … Read More

Cypher Dust Stop Products as Compared to Road Salts

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While there are a variety of competitive products on the market, especially here in North America, most do no possess the same environmental qualities that our Cypher Dust Stop products can attest to.  Other alternatives in the product category are road salts, more specifically and primarily Magnesium Chloride, followed closely by Calcium Chloride, both of which are highly corrosive products. The main attraction to these products is their low cost, which is admittedly lower than the options Cypher provides. However as time goes on and environmental issues become more and more in public view, customers are more willing to pay a slight premium for an environmentally / non-corrosive product. Advantages of Dust Stop Over Road Salt Products Studies have shown that de-icing salt damage is not limited to areas immediately adjoining roadways but also to architectural metals and other construction materials.  Seasonal de-icing salt accumulations have been documented to affect areas up to … Read More

The Trouble with Road Dust

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Dusty Roads - Cypher Environmental

As of 2003, as much as 70% of the 3.9 million miles of roadway in the United States were unpaved. These unpaved roads are responsible for more than 10 million tons of particulate matter emissions each year. There are dangers to unwanted fugitive dust -these particles can become lodge in the respiratory area where they can cause severe irritation when inhaled. Smaller particles (particles that are 2.5 microns or smaller) can go even deeper into the human respiratory system and into the lungs where they can cause damage to the epithelial cells. These small particles may even be passed into the blood stream. Aside from health concerns for those living near or come into contact with unpaved roads, there are also impact to the surrounding environment and ecosystem.  Water clarity can decline, which affects the wildlife and plant life that depend on the water source. Cypher Environmental’s Dust Stop products … Read More