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A new tool in the winter arsenal: cheese

A winter storm-related post so good it could only come out of Wisconsin.

It seems one county has found a tool for fighting those icy roads: tens of thousands of gallons of liquid cheese brine, reports NPR’s breaking news blog The Two Way.

Emil “Moe” Norby, technical support manager for the Polk County Highway Department, who has studied the use of the cheese brine, found several advantages: the brine helped salt stick to the roadway rather than bounce off and it sped melting. The result: the county used less salt, saving taxpayers “thousands of dollars,” NPR reported.

There is one minor drawback, however.

It smells.

“It has a slight odor when you handle the product,” Norby told NPR. “If you were behind a snow plow, you’d immediately smell it.”


Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.



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