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Coal Ash Used To Treat Muscatine Roads

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The relentless winter weather has forced some cities to get creative in stretching resources for snow removal. The City of Muscatine is now mixing coal ash with road salt to treat the roads.

The ash comes from Muscatine Power and Water. According to Muscatine Public Works Director, Randy Hill, the EPA says the ash residue is safe and won't cause any problems. He adds unlike salt, it will not cause any damage to cars. The city is getting it from the utility for free.

There have been concerns about coal ash ever since a spill into a river in Virginia earlier this month contaminated the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of people. But Hill says the ash being used on the roads in Muscatine is a "very safe material."

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