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Stop using mag chloride

I understand that we have already stopped the use of magnesium chloride in Aspen, but we still continue using it on Highway 82. We must stop.

In fact, most of the people who work in Aspen live downvalley and drive up Highway 82 to get to work. Some people get sick shortly after the Colorado Department of Transportation begins applying mag chloride to the highways.

The mag chloride being used on our highways includes unacceptably high amounts of carcinogens such as arsenic, as well as severe toxic heavy metals like cadmium, lead and copper.

A report released from the state of Colorado’s Environmental Affairs Department says, “The toxins, without a doubt, have a negative effect on the valley’s sensitive riparian habitat, aquatic life and alpine vegetation.” It seems reasonable to avoid the use of mag chloride or to find alternatives.

The substance is also hurting our economy. Some tourists have stated that they are not coming back until the use of mag chloride has been stopped. Nobody likes mag chloride turning the streets an ugly brown and getting all over vehicles.

With mag chloride we have brown five months a year. The white stuff is what we sell.

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Instead of using chemicals on the road, I, for one, favor aggressive plowing and sanding as necessary. Because of environmental reasons I do not favor the use of any de-icers.

In conclusion, we should try our hardest not to use mag chloride. We don’t know what we are doing to ourselves by using it. If we just stop using it on our highways, the majority of the people will be happy and satisfied.

Jordan Laughren

Aspen

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