©Reuters. New York stops using Chilean salt against ice for the national product
New York, December 22 (EFE).- The governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, signed a law on Thursday that will force the city of New York to switch the Chilean salt it uses to melt the frozen snow on its streets for a product American, within the framework of a policy of promotion of the national product.
The project, approved last June by the legislator, only needed the signature of the governor for its entry into force.
“With the Buy America’s Salt Act, we are helping state and local governments buy salt from mines located across the United States, some right here in New York. This is an important step in supporting good-paying jobs in our communities. L New York’s economy is growing,” Hochul said in a statement.
The Big Apple purchases more than 300,000 tons of salt each year to sprinkle on its roads and highways during the winter and prevent the accumulation of snow and ice.
Most of the product comes from Chile and arrives in New York by ship, remaining stored in the ports of the area waiting to be distributed on the streets and avenues.
The city’s sanitation manager, Jessica Tisch, who had expressed her reservations about the law believing it could endanger the salt supply chain, today praised the entry into force of the legislation and, above all, that it offers flexibility for the purchase goes up when needed.
“I am grateful to Governor Hochul for ensuring New York City has the flexibility to purchase the salt needed to keep our streets safe and clear each winter, as well as for his tireless support of New York’s economy,” he said. .
According to the governor’s office, New York has two mines that supply salt for use on the roads.