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Are there any regulations or guidelines regarding how far a salt storage barn should be located from a stream or waterway?

Currently, there are no laws, rules, or regulations regarding siting requirements for salt barns in relation to waterways in New York State. However, due to the sensitivity of salt to fresh water supplies and water bodies, it is recommended that at a minimum the siting recommendations and setbacks identified in Table 1 of the Ohio Salt Storage Guidelines should be followed (see link under resources).

There are resources that can provide guidance when deciding on where to locate a salt storage facility including the Salt Storage Handbook published by the Salt Institute, 1989 DEC statement TOGS517 regarding salt storage. Also, the state of Ohio has prepared a guidance document regarding salt storage facilities that includes separation distances. Finally, the Utah Salt Storage Facilities Guidelines and BMPs are another resource.

Resources:

Salt Institute Salt Storage Handbook
https://cornell.box.com/s/vss63y100s4zehwswg6tmssy69nt6ebf

DEC Statement TOGS517
https://cornell.box.com/s/ih4k6zph130d12634lr0xtqg9pg0rr6k

Utah Salt Storage Facilities Guidelines
https://cornell.box.com/s/2k6qsd1ckafscgfkf3ods9dk2cplxsp9

Ohio Salt Storage Guidance
https://cornell.box.com/s/4o0ofwp0lchhho9hkozyqyiutfbj1cl9


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