Remember how a lot of New Jersey towns ran out of road salt last winter because the Garden State kept getting hit by snowstorms? Road salt companies now say the higher-than-normal demand has cut supplies this year, and that is forcing prices higher.
As the region continues to face harsh winter weather and the need for roads to be salted, environmentalists are becoming concerned that such high amounts of salt will start to impact our waterways, trees, plants and wildlife.
With another winter blast expected to bring a light coating of snow to parts of the Garden State on Wednesday, a load of much-needed rock salt is still stuck on a barge in Searsport, Maine, the Asbury Park Press has reported.
With supplies of road salt almost completely used up after the snow and sleet that fell earlier this week, the New Jersey Department of Transportation got some very welcome news Wednesday -- a huge shipment of salt is arriving at Port Newark from South America.
New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone has joined U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker in calling on federal officials to grant a waiver of the Jones Act -- which would allow a foreign vessel to pick up a huge load of rock salt at a port in Maine and deliver it to the Garden State.
New Jersey's two U.S. Senators are urging federal officials to expedite the state's efforts to get 40,000 tons of road salt transported to Port Newark, despite the setback posed by maritime law and the lack of an available American vessel large enough to carry the entire load.
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