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Discussion Forums => General Discussion => Topic started by: SweetVW on February 17, 2007, 09:17:43 AM

Title: Article on Mag-Chloride...
Post by: SweetVW on February 17, 2007, 09:17:43 AM
Found this on 9news site:

"Car washes will probably be busy places this weekend, with good reason. It is expected to be clear, giving drivers a chance to get all the muck cleared off their cars.

Scientists say the liquid de-icer used by CDOT and area cities to clear the snow, called magnesium chloride, can harm your vehicle.

CDOT has been using thousands of tons of magnesium chloride this winter because of the frequent snow storms.

The chemical is a type of salt that studies show is corrosive, but not as bad for cars as sodium chloride.

Experts say magnesium chloride is also better for the environment.

"It's still better than sodium chloride and much better than regular sand. People might ask why not regular sand? Problem with that - it becomes fine dust when run over and gets up into the atmosphere and helps create that lovely brown cloud we've all seen here in Denver, said Dr. Catherine Kleier, who teaches in the Regis University Environmental Studies department.

Scientists say magnesium chloride comes from sea water. Anti-corrosive agents are added to the mixture used on our roads to make it less harmful to vehicles.

However, drivers are still encouraged to wash it off as soon as possible, especially from the undercarriage."

Take it for what it is worth.