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apparently in Wisconsin, the state highway department has started using cheese brine to help keep snow off the roads during the winter:

"Brine is a liquid cheese-making byproduct; if you’ve bought fresh mozzarella, it often comes floating in the stuff. To cheese-makers, it’s a hassle — they spend many thousands of dollars to dispose of cheese brine each year, trucking it to wastewater treatment plants.


But several years back, a rural highway employee named Emil Norby — people call him Moe — had a flash of inspiration. What if this salty brine could be used on icy roads, a companion for rock salt and sand? “I knew we had a lot of dairies looking to get rid of this stuff,” Norby says. 'I figured why not give it a whirl.' ... Bingo bango, cheese brine hit the highway. And in the first year alone, tiny Polk County saved $40,000 in rock salt costs. Conversely, F&A Dairy saved on brine disposal costs — to the tune of nearly $30,000. 'Everybody wins,' says Chuck Engdahl, F&A’s wastewater manager."

Bye, guys, I'm moving to Wisconsin so I can bask in the cheese-scented air. I'm assuming Wisconsin always smells like cheese anyway, right?

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