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Some Wondering Why Snow Isn’t Dumped In Boston Harbor

By Jim Armstrong, WBZ-TV
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Why don't crews dump excess snow into Boston Harbor?

Why don’t crews dump excess snow into Boston Harbor?

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BOSTON (CBS) – Looking at the ever-growing mounds of snow that complicate our commutes this winter is getting increasingly frustrating.

Boston’s snow farms are filling up, and this past weekend, the city moved a staggering 37,000 tons of snow out of urban areas.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong reports.

But, the threat of still more snow has some people grumbling about the wisdom of dumping snow right into Boston Harbor. The city doesn’t do it and the practice is forbidden by state environmental officials.

Read: Why can’t crews dump snow into bodies of water?

At issue is the fact that so-called street snow is contaminated by chemicals and salt and deicer. No one wants to see a more contaminated harbor.

However, there are people who argue that the dirty mix ends up there anywhere once the snow melts and drains into the harbor.

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