I received of complaints from residents yesterday who seen the salt piles wide open during high winds. Checked my vehicle and it had a light dusting of what looked like salt. I traveled over to Eastport and one large pile was uncovered and another looked to be open as well, the front section of the tarp was moving quite a bit in the wind.
My car windshield;
Open pile, taken near Harry's Pub;
From the environmental section of the Hamilton Spectator, Matthew VanDongen writes about the impacts of the tenants located on Port lands including our salt issue.
It seems the article is for membership only at present, this the section about our salt issue.
Scott Howley routinely posts photos online of corroded eavestroughs and stained vehicles on Hamilton's beach strip that he believes are due to road salt blown off massive piles stored on Pier 26. He started posting photos in 2012 and complained to the ministry about a coating of salt on his vehicle as recently as last December. The ministry said last year it is working with cargo unloading companies on "best management practices" for salt piles at Pier 26, including covering unused piles and wetting the face of open piles.
Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority head Ian Hamilton also told councillors last year the organization is working with the ministry and its tenants to tackle the problem. ''I know it's not eliminated, but I am hoping there has been a noticeable improvement."
(Nothing has improved)