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Boston Has Tons of Salt Ready for Snowstorm

The Department of Public Works started with more than 30,000 tons of salt this winter and has only used a couple thousand so far.

Boston has tons of salt ready to use for this weekend's forecasted snowstorm.

The city started off with more than 30,000 tons of salt this winter and has only used a couple thousand, even after the Blizzard of 2013.

Boston sanders, plows, trucks and contracted winter workers use only salt or a mixture of salt and water when cleaning up after a storm, officials stated.

Some residents in neighborhoods such as the South End have expressed concerns about the products being used on sidewalks, worried their pets' feet could be harmed by the materials. Business owners in West Roxbury and on Jamaica Plain's Centre Street have often heard complaints about snow melt products through the years.

City officials say no chemicals are being used by public workers, although they do not control what is being used on sidewalks.

"The city uses salt or a mixture of salt and water called brine," said John Guilfoil, spokesperson for the Mayor's Office.

Guilfoil said that sidewalks are the legal responsibility of property owners, and that concerned residents should take issues of snow melting products on sidewalks up with property owners. 

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