"America's Dairyland" Wisconsin using cheese brine to deice roads

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Smart Planet started their post with a reference to the song in An American Tail, "There are no cats in America and the streets are paved with cheese." We pick up the theme as Feivel goes west- to Wisconsin, where the streets are indeed covered with cheese brine, used instead of road salt. Feivel would love it. According to the New York Times,

Milwaukee began a pilot program to repurpose cheese brine for use in keeping city roads from freezing, mixing the dairy waste with traditional rock salt as a way to trim costs and ease pollution.

“You want to use provolone or mozzarella,” said Jeffrey A. Tews, the fleet operations manager for the public works department, which has thrice spread the cheesy substance in Bay View, a neighborhood on Milwaukee’s south side. “Those have the best salt content. You have to do practically nothing to it.”

The cheesy solution is probably a better one than using fracking brine .

"America's Dairyland" Wisconsin using cheese brine to deice roads
It's an American Tail of where the streets are paved with cheese.

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