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Salt: The flavor of our (winter) lives

MPC explores our love-hate relationship with road salt

Our region—any region that grapples with snow and ice—has a love/hate relationship with road salt. Salt makes driving on wintry roads doable. It gets stuck to our boots and rusts our cars. It's necessary, but it's a pain.

In a new series, MPC Associate Sarah Cardona dissects how a chemical compound most of us know very little about affects so many aspects of our lives. First up: How much does all this salt cost?

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