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Only as a Last Resort will Snow be Dumped in Boston Harbor
Before 1997, snow was dumped in Boston Harbor as a matter of course, but that changed when the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection banned the practice. Snow cleared from roadways was full of pollutants between the deicing agents and whatever happened to be on the road from which it was plowed.

Boston has been buried underneath an almost unprecedented amount of snow over the past two weeks and snow farms filling up fast, Mayor Marty Walsh said the city may have to resort to dumping the snow in harbor. The DEP has provisions that allow for it in emergency situations.



 
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