As another snow storm blanketed Wisconsin this morning, a question came up about snow removal. Throughout the state there are sections of street that are overwhelmed by the volume of accumulated snow.
A simple solution is to bring in the plows and trucks and haul it out to some isolated site where it can melt by June or July.
Unfortunately is is not that simple. A lot of that snow contains petroleum byproducts, heavy metals, and even shards of sharp metal and glass. Just imagine what accumulates along the curbs. Take that out to an isolated field or a local public park and imagine what remains after the melt.
Public Parks - the dump areas would be contaminated.
Wild environs - the areas would be contaminated.
Landfills - not really. You would never dump raw petroleum in a landfill.
Ice covered lakes - ugh
No one said life would be easy.