Andemar Dust & Ice Control Ltd.

Green Facts

Liquid Calcium Chloride Brine – The Green Choice

When used as recommended, Liquid Calcium Chloride Brine is a safe, environmentally sound solution for ice and snow removal and prevention; road stabilization and dust control.

While exact concentrations will vary slightly, our product contains:

  • 21 to 24% Calcium Chloride
  • 4.11 to 5% Magnesium Chloride
  • 1.68 to 2% Potassium Chloride
  • 3.78 to 4% Sodium Chloride

The safety and environmental-friendliness of Liquid Calcium Chloride Brine has been studied and documented, as illustrated by the information below.

According to a study by the Strategic Highway Research Program, experiments at nine state highway agencies, anti-icing treatment requires less chemical use than most deicing procedures and makes it easier to achieve bare pavement conditions.As a result, anti-icing can provide cost savings as well as environmental benefits. For example, the Iowa, Missouri, Oregon, and Washington DOTs realized cost savings and the following benefits in test programs:

    • Fewer snowplow trips were made.
    • The anti-icing truck only had to make one trip for every three trips made by the larger conventional snow-removal truck.
    • Crews experienced less wear on equipment due to fewer snowplow runs.
    • When required, plowing was easier and faster.
    • Less time was spent clearing roads.
    • Fewer chemicals were needed by applying the treatment prior to snowfall. With fewer chemical applications needed, the anti-icing method was better for the environment. (1)

Calcium (Ca) and chloride (Cl) ions both naturally occur in the environment and calcium chloride easily dissociates into Ca and Cl ions in water. These ions are essential micronutrients for both plants and animals, so exposure to calcium chloride in the environment is considered to have low potential hazard.(2)

Clean Water Act
This product does not contain any substances regulated as pollutants pursuant to the Clean Water Act (40 CFR 122.21 and CFR 122.42). (3)

Liquid Calcium Chloride Brine is safer than other products when properly applied

  • Liquid Calcium Chloride Brine has been produced commercially for more than 100 years.
  • Liquid Calcium Chloride Brine is essentially non-toxic and presents no unusual hazard to people, animals, or the environment, when used as recommended.
  • This has been documented for many years by many government agencies and commercial firms.

 

The environmental friendliness, cost effectiveness and portability of Liquid Calcium Chloride Brine, and the ability to purchase in smaller quantities, makes it an attractive option for both large agencies and the small business owner.


1. Blackburn, R.R., McGrane, E.J., Chappelow, C.C., and Harwood, D.W., “Development of Anti-Icing Technology.” Strategic Highway Research Program, SHRP-H-385, National Research Council, Washington, DC, (1994) http://www.trb.org/publications/shrp/SHRP-H-385.pdf.
2. Calcium Chloride SIDS Initial Assessment Profile, UNEP Publications, SIAM 15, Boston, October 22-25, 2002, pages 1, 2 and 4.