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Old 07-20-2011, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Passed out on the trail to Hanakapi'ai
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1) It is illegal to salt the streets in Chicago
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It is unlawful for any person to spill, pour, drop or place, or to permit the spilling, pouring, dropping or placing upon any asphalt or bituminous pavement laid upon any public street, court, alley or place within the city, and oil, petroleum, kerosene, benzine or other similar oil, or oily substance, or liquid, or any salt, rock salt, common salt, salt brine, acid, chemical, broken glass, or any injurious or destructive material which might damage such pavement.
2) Yes they salt. LOTS
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Old 07-20-2011, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Potassium chloride is also insanely expensive compared to regular ol' rock salt. Current going rate for KCl is over $300 per ton. Compare to roughly $65 per ton for standard rock salt.

And stainless steel most certainly does rust when exposed to a combination of salt and water long enough and often enough. All the 15-year-old rusting hulks you see plying the streets of various northern locales are made of stainless steel.
If you're talking about cars, they are most certainly not made out of stainless steel. This would make scrapping them worth thousands of dollars, vs. the $240 a ton for regular steel that is being paid now.
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Old 07-20-2011, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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If you're talking about cars, they are most certainly not made out of stainless steel. This would make scrapping them worth thousands of dollars, vs. the $240 a ton for regular steel that is being paid now.
Right, as IT29 points out I was confusing galvanized with stainless. Nevertheless, stainless steel is still prone to rusting when exposed to salt and water. Obviously it is more resistant to corrosion than plain ol' iron, but to say it "does not rust" isn't quite accurate. It just takes longer to do it.
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