Editorial: NJ has an unhealthy reliance on road salt. It is time to address the addiction

Salt truck

NORTHJERSEY.COM – Medical professionals tell us that too much salt in the diet is bad for our health. And now scientists are telling us, with a growing sense of urgency, that too much de-icing salt on our roadways and bridges, especially in the Northeast, is bad not only for the environment, but for our drinking water supplies and also our transportation budgets.

Each year, according to reporting by USA TODAY, Americans spread more than 48 billion pounds of salt on roadways to ward off the effects of winter weather. That contrasts dramatically with road salt use over the past several decades. In 1985, for example, the use was only 10 million tons …

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