NSC NEWS & Events

Sustainable Road Salting Protects Motorists and the Enviroment
January 30, 2018

Sustainable Road Salting Protects Motorists and the Environment


For Immediate Release: January 29, 2018
Contact: 239-231-3305
Jorge Amselle, Jorge@saltinstitute.org

Naples, FL—Each winter drivers across North America depend on snowfighters to keep roads safe and clear. This requires a combination of plowing and road salt, the single most important winter maintenance material. Despite their best efforts we still see more than 116,000 Americans injured and over 1,300 killed on snowy, slushy or icy pavement. Without the use of road salt these numbers would be far worse. A study conducted by Marquette University found that salt saves lives reducing accidents by up to 88 percent and injuries by up to 85 percent. Road salt is also vital to local and state economies by preventing costly winter shutdowns of the roadways. A study by IHS Global Insight for the American Highway Users Alliance found that snowstorms cost states as much as $700 million per day in both direct and indirect costs if roads are impassable.

In addition to protecting lives and commerce, snowfighters also take seriously their role in protecting the environment, including our lakes and rivers. In fact, for over 40 years, the Salt Institute has promoted the latest environmentally-friendly application technologies and sustainable practices in the management of road salt, from storage to snowfighting operations.

This winter season, several news reports have raised alarms about rising levels of chlorides in lakes and rivers, blaming road salt even though many of these chlorides come from naturally occurring and man-made sources not related to road salting. One study published in the Proceedings of the Natural Academy of the Sciences (Salting our freshwater lakes) directly blames road salt for rising chloride levels in North American lakes. However, chloride levels in the majority of the examined lakes either stayed the same or declined and were far below EPA toxicity standards.

Several better studies have shown that when road salt is properly applied environmental impacts can be effectively managed and significantly minimized. Modern roadways themselves are not a natural feature of the environment and are specifically engineered to satisfy our demand for personal and commercial mobility – factors that are basic to the quality of life. This includes safe and sustainable snowfighting practices when needed to protect lives and commerce.

A comprehensive study by environmental researchers at the University of Waterloo and Environment Canada examined groundwater monitoring data and found that chloride levels were reduced by half when best practices were employed. In another study researchers at the Guelph University found that snowmelt runoff from major storm water outfalls could be collected and recycled to reduce chloride peaks in the streams without adversely affecting road safety.

Examples of how agencies have continued to improve their winter maintenance operations would include pre-wetting their rock salt prior to applying to the road (which reduces scatter and bounce of the rock salt substantially) and also using salt brine as a pre-storm application to prevent snow and ice from bonding to the pavement and thus making plowing more effective.

Salt is our most important winter resource, because it saves lives and protects the economy. It is economical and extremely effective. The benefits of road salting pays for itself within 25 minutes of application. The Salt Institute, which represents North American salt producers, will continue to support safe and sustainable snowfighting that both promotes public safety and mobility and protects the environment.

Calcium Chloride Introduction
January 24, 2018
NSC Minerals has added Calcium Chloride to our product lineup.   With the acquisition of the Brooks, Alberta facility we will pump a liquid Calcium Chloride Brine to the surface. As the market is generally provided with a 32% product, we are in the process of installing new pumping equipment to ensure the best quality brine is sourced. This will be stored in ponds or pumped direct to transport equipment where we will ship to market by tanker trucks and eventually rail to current customers and many new ones to come.
 
Like the salt we provide, Calcium Chloride brine has many uses. The largest requirement is in Road Stabilization and Dust Suppressant applications. The introduction of liquid calcium chloride to gravel bed roadways will bind with the fine dust within the soil structure to maintain moisture and prevent dust from being expelled to the environment when disturbed by road traffic.
 
Calcium Chloride brine is also used as a tire ballasting agent (sometimes referred to as Heavy Water). Being a very dense liquid, resistant to freezing to -45ºC, it provides extra weight to the tire resulting in better grip. All of our employees with farming background in particular would know of this feature.
 
Calcium Chloride brine is increasingly being used as winter de-icing agent either directly applied as an anti icing or
de-icing agent as well as treating Salt and Sand to enhance the features of these products. Working effectively to melt snow and ice to below -45ºC, Calcium Chloride will be an excellent addition to our core product line up for winter
de-icing for our customers.
 
Some of the many other uses for Calcium Chloride in other industries and applications include the food industry as a firming agent and electrolyte in sports drinks. The cement industry uses it as an accelerant, the chemical industry as additives in plastics, fire extinguishers, production of activated charcoal and heating pads due to exothermic properties (generating heat). Agricultural uses include a source of calcium for soil and spraying apple trees to prevent spotting as well as many other uses. In the oil industry, due to it's higher density it is used to increase density of brines and as drilling well kill fluids.
 
As you can see, with the many uses for Calcium Chloride and along with the quality service provided by NSC to all customers, we are very excited for the future potential and growth of NSC Minerals with this added product line.       
NSC Breast Cancer Fundraiser
November 21, 2017
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, over the month of October, NSC Minerals raised money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. We did various fundraisers throughout the month which included our Silent Auction, which would not have been successful without the support of all of the companies that donated to the auction and without all of the participants that took time out of their day to bid on the auction items. NSC Minerals is very proud to announce that we raised a total of $22,213.16 over the month of October!! Thank you again to everyone who helped us surpass our last year’s total of $15,000.
NSC Silent Auction Breast Cancer Fundraiser
October 20, 2017
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the employees of NSC Minerals have selected the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation as the chosen charity for our next company fundraiser. Employees will come together and raise money in various ways throughout the month of October, and NSC Minerals Ltd. will match all funds raised. Last year, we were able to donate over $15,000 to this worthy cause!
 
Please help us surpass last year's total with supporting our Online Silent Auction, which will be held October 23rd – 24th, 2017.  We have some great prizes up for grabs!  To view our auction items, please visit https://www.32auctions.com/NSCMineralsYou will need to set up an account prior to bidding on any items.  Bidding will start at 8 am on Oct 23rd and will end at 3 pm on Oct 24th.   Please share this link with any of your family, friends, and colleagues that you think would be interested in any of these great items!  THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL OF OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS!!

 
SK Blue Cross
Independent Financial Services
Bison Transport
Radisson Hotel
Saskatoon Electrical Services Ltd.
Westcan Bulk Transport
University of Saskatchewan Huskies
Kleysen Group
Stealth
MIdwest Sportswear Workwear & Safety
Ghost Transport
Hunter's Bowling Centres
Studio 2.0 Interior Design
Q-Line
TBM Logistics Ltd.
Saskatoon Blades
Kleysen Group
Altas Partners
Seaboard Transport
NSC Minerals Ltd.
Paul's Hauling
Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon
France Financial a division of Twin Eagle
JHD Trucking
CN


If you have any questions, please contact Brianne at brianneb@nscminerals.com or 306-934-6477.  Thank you for your support!



NSBA Business Builder Awards 2017
May 25, 2017
The 20th Annual Business Builder Awards took place on March 30th in Saskatoon. NSC Minerals was nominated for the Export Award along with three other companies. This was awarded to the NSBA business that successfully entered or expended in a market outside Saskatchewan. NSC Minerals was honored to be the recipient of this award, a great accomplishment for our company!

 
Staying Safe on Winter Roads
January 4, 2017

The Holiday Season is a perfect time to enjoy the company of family and friends. Celebrating the season and exchanging gifts also means a lot of travel and for most people that means driving to visit loved ones as well as to shopping centers and stores. For those who live in snow-belt states winter driving can be especially challenging.

Snow (and related weather events, like frost, sleet, and freezing rain) can significantly reduce the friction of the road surface, and slippery roads are significantly more dangerous than dry roads. A variety of studies suggest that you are about 50 percent more likely to have a crash on a road under winter driving conditions than on the same road under dry conditions.

States, cities and local agencies use many available tools to take care of our roads and address the negative consequences of winter weather. By plowing snow and using road salt in a safe and sustainable manner, road agencies can reduce accidents on roads under winter driving conditions by as much as 88 percent and can reduce injuries in those crashes by 85 percent according to a study by Marquette University. Those are significant improvements in safety. To achieve those gains, agencies must make sure they get the right amount of road salt to the right place, at the right time and keep the road salt where it will be effective.

The key is in recognizing how road salt works. The purpose of the road salt is NOT to melt the snow, but rather to stop the snow from freezing to the pavement. If that goal is achieved, then plowing the snow off the road is simple and extremely effective, and it turns out that preventing that bond does not take much salt. The exact amount depends on a variety of factors (example – the colder the road surface, the more salt is needed) and will be different for every storm.

Getting the road salt to the right place means having plow trucks deployed at the correct time, and in order to keep the road salt on the road surface (rather than bouncing off or being swept into a ditch) agencies pre-wet the road salt with salt brine. All of which means that those snow plow trucks you see on the roads during snow storms are doing quite a bit more than just pushing snow around!

In addition to enhancing the safety of our roads in winter conditions, those snow plows are doing a lot to improve mobility. These “snowfighters” reduce weather caused delays and congestion, allowing for emergency vehicles to respond more quickly when people need help, making for shorter travel times for families, allowing kids and parents to get to school and jobs safely and on time.

In fact, a study by IHS Global Insight for the American Highway Users Alliance found that snow and ice related delays and shut downs hurt hourly workers the most. This study also placed a monetary value on fast and effective snow removal and salting. According to the researchers a state can incur economic losses of between $300 million and $700 million every day that roads are closed and impassable. So, those snow plows are not just helping keep families together and safe, they are helping to keep the lifeblood of our commerce pumping during winter storms – a thing for which we can all be thankful!

It's the most wonderful time of the year...no really.
October 5, 2016
The first snowfall is simply put – one of the most magical times of the turn of the season.  For NSC’ers it puts an extra skip in our step as last minute shed fills and orders for more of the pink stuff come rolling in.  Quite unexpectedly, and to the chagrin of most people (according to various media outlets) this charmed event came about 4 weeks earlier than it typically does…the NSC’ers have now gone from skipping to full on dancing and making snow angels.  The important thing to remember is “…that the winter doldrums are just a state of mind. If you are excited about the prospects of winter and the enjoyments that can happen in the snow, it will make the season full of happy memories for you and your family.” – Neil Cameron, NSC Minerals President & CEO

First Snow Fall NSC Head Office Oct 5, 2016.
The Salt Guru: Salt Saves Lives and $
October 5, 2016
The Salt Guru explains how the use of highway de-icing salt saves lives and money.

Introduction of our new Vision and Mission Statements for NSC Minerals Ltd.
August 4, 2016
On behalf of myself, the Vision/Mission Committee, and the Management of NSC Minerals Ltd. we are pleased to unveil the newly created Vision and Mission Statements.  I believe that these statements    encompass where NSC Minerals strives to be in the future and what we need to do to get there in bold and succinct manner. 
 
Please join me in congratulating the Committee of Cassie Klaassen, Kelly Wallace, Terry Klassen, DJ Thingvold, Kaylee Hayden, Kelly Helmke, and Jeff Egan on a job well done!
 
Neil Cameron - President & CEO
 
Announcment - Allan Deacon
June 16, 2016
NSC Minerals Ltd. would like to announce that Allan Deacon has accepted the role of Vice President of Sales.  Allan comes to NSC with knowledge of the Transportation industry and in the Oil and Gas Industry in many roles of increasing responsibility.  Allan's role with NSC will be in building on our existing relationships and growing our new family of packaged Ice Melters.

Please join us in welcoming Allan to the NSC Team!

APWA - Show for Snow 2016
May 5, 2016
Please come and check out our Booth at the APWA Show for Snow in Hartford, Connecticut to see our new family of Ice-Melters.  Our friendly and knowledgable VP of Business Development - Randy Candelora - will be there to answer all your questions about our products and how they can help you with all your de-icing, brine making, feed mixing, hide curing, and industrial water softening needs (to name just a few).  For more information please visit the Show Website by clicking on the link below.

Winter Weather - Plan, Equip, Train
February 2, 2016

Cold Stress

Cold Stress occurs by dropping skin temperatures which can eventually cause falling body temperatures if not addressed right away.  When the body is unable to warm itself up, serious cold-related illnesses and injuries may occur, and permanent tissue damage and death may result.

Risk Factors for cold stress include:
  • wetness/dampness, dressing improperly, and exhaustion
  • predisposing health conditions such as hypertension, hypothyroidism, and diabetes
  • poor physical condition
  • enviromental cold can effect any worker exposed to cold air temperatures and put workers at rish of cold stress
  • as wind speed increases, it causes the cold air temperatures to feen even colder

The most common type of cold stress is:

Frostbite:

  • caused by freezing of the skin and tissue
  • can cause permanent damage
  • symptoms include: reddened skin develops grey/white patchers, tingling, aching, loss of feeling, firm/hard tissue, and blisters

  • First Aid treatment to Frostbite:

    • Protect the frost bitten area(s) by wrapping loosely in a dry cloth until you can seek medical attention
    • DO NOT rub the affected area(s)
    • DO NOT apply snow or water, do not break blisters
    • DO NOT try to rewarm frost bitten area(s) before seeking medical attention.  If the frost bitten area is re-warmed then freezes again more tissue damage will occur.

  • Prevention

    • Monitor your phycial condition as well as the physical condition of those around you
    • Schedule frequent short breaks in a warm, dry area
    • Select proper clothing for cold, wet and windy conditions
    • Consume warm, sweet beverages
    • Avoid alcohol as it lowers body temperature
    • Keep moving to get the blood flowing in your body

Winter Hazards

In addition to cold stress, there are other winter weather related hazards such as driving in the snow, being stranded in a vehicle, shovelling snow, using snow blowers, and slips.

  • Winter Driving:

    • Maintain your vehicle: check battery, tire tread, windshield wipers, and antifreeze
    • Clear vehicle of all snow and ice before departing
    • Have on hand emergency kit which includes a flashlight, jumper cables, shovel, snow brush, warning devices (flares) and blankets.
    • the Three P's of Winter Driving
      • Plan your route:  allow plenty of time, let others know your route and arrival time

      • Stopped or stalled: stay in your car, call for emergency assistance, don't over exert, put bright markers on antenna or windows, run your car just enought to stay warm.

      • Protect yourself - buckle up and use child safety seats properly.

      • Prevent crashses: slow down and increase distance between cars, keep your eyes open for pedestrians, avoid fatigue, never consume drugs or alcohol prior/during operating a vehicle.

  • Shovelling Snow:

    • This can be a strenuous activity, particularily because cold weather can be tasking on the body
    • There is potential for exhaustion, dehydration, back injuries or heart attacks
    • To prevent injuries you should warm up before the activity, scoop small amounts of snow, push snow instead of lifting, and use proper lifting techniques when it's unavoidable.

  • Using Snow Blowers:

    • Commonly cause lacerations or amputations when operators attempt to clear jams while the equipement is turned on
    • Turn snow blower off and wait for all parts to stop moving before servicing
    • Use a stick to clear wet snow or debris from the machine
    • Refuel snow blower prior to starting the machine

  • Slips

    • To walk on ice keep your center of gravity over your front leg
    • Walk flat footed and take short steps
    • Wear footwear that provides traction
    • Step down - not out from curbs
    • Use your arms for balance
    • Carry only what you can
 
RONA Contractor Show 2016
January 22, 2016
Please come and check out our Booth at the Rona Contractor Show 2016 in February at various locations across BC and Alberta to see our new family of Ice-Melters.  Our friendly and knowledgable VP of Business Development - Randy Candelora - will be there to answer all your questions about our products and how they can help you with all your de-icing, brine making, feed mixing, hide curing, and industrial water softening needs (to name just a few).  For more information please visit the Show Website by clicking on the link below.

Christmas Greetings....
December 11, 2015
Sustainable Alternative Light
December 4, 2015
Salt isn't just a good idea for winter roads, a healthy diet and fertilizer applications...it's good for seeing in the DARK.  Check this out!!



Just add water and salt!
Add 1 glass of water and 2 tablespoons of salt, use the lamp for 8 hours.
Cost Effective
There are over 7,000 islands in the Philippines and most of these islands do not have access to electricity. We want to eliminate the sustaining cost in areas that rely on kerosene/battery powered lamps and candles as their main source of lighting. And to provide a more efficient light source for people who use lamps and candles as an alternative source of lighting. Replace consumable every 6 months! Using SALt lamp 8 hours a day every day, with proper maintenance, will give you an anode lifespan of 6 months. Use this as an alternative light source will prolong the life of your anode for more than a year.

Check out more from SALt at:

Winter Driving Safety Tips
November 3, 2015

With the winter season fast approaching...NSC Minerals is switching into high gear getting our salt out to the communities and areas in which you live.  Applying salt to the road in sub-zero wet and snowy conditions significantly reduce the occurrence, severity and cost of accidents.  However...de-icing and snow removal are only part of the equation.  In the article below (taken from the Canada Safety Council website) are 9 steps that you can take to keep yourself safe and collision free over the winter months.
Step 1: Make sure that your vehicle is prepared for winter driving.
  • Winter tires are a good option, as they will provide greater traction under snowy or icy conditions.
  • Keep a snow brush/scraper in your car, along with possible emergency items such as a lightweight shovel, battery jumper cables, and a flashlight.
  • Make sure that mirrors, all windows, and the top of your vehicle, are free of snow or frost before getting onto the road.
Step 2: Drive smoothly and slowly
  • Don’t make any abrupt turns or stops when driving. Doing so will often cause your vehicle to lose control and skid.
  • Driving too quickly is the main cause of winter collisions. Be sure to drive slowly and carefully on snow and ice covered roads.
Step 3: Don’t tailgate.
  • Tailgating becomes much worse in winter weather. Stopping takes much longer on snowy and icy roads than on dry pavement, so be sure to leave enough room between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
Step 4: Brake before making turns.
  • Brake slowly to reduce speed before entering turns. Once you have rounded the corner you can accelerate again.
Step 5: Learn how to control skids.
  • When skidding, you actually need to go against your natural instincts and turn into the skid and accelerate. Doing so transfers your vehicle’s weight from the front to the rear and often helps vehicles to regain control.
Step 6: Lights On.
  • Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
Step 7: No Cruise Control.
  • Never use cruise control if conditions are snowy, icy, or wet, because if your car hydroplanes, your car will try to accelerate and you may lose control of your vehicle.
Step 8: Don’t “pump” the brakes.
  • If your vehicle is equipped with an anti-lock breaking system (ABS), do not “pump” the brakes. Apply constant pressure and let the system do its work.
Step 9: Pay attention.
  • Manoeuvres are more difficult to make in the snow. Be sure to anticipate what your next move is going to be to give yourself lots of room for turns and stopping.
Original Article found at: https://canadasafetycouncil.org/traffic-safety/winter-driving-tips


 
NSC Sponsored RaceCar
October 13, 2015
Back in April NSC Sponsored driver Jim Gaunt, Road Runner Racing Super Late Model  #55.  He had a great season and in fact holds the title for the 2015 Super Late Model points Leader.  He won the final race on September 19th at the Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon.  These are the fastest cars at this speedway.
He started the race in the Pole position, but he took a bet for an extra cash that he could still win starting from last place.  It took him about 100 laps to get into 1st place and won by a narrow margin.   Below is the link to his driver’s profile. 
https://shar.es/1ungAw
As you can see in the picture below—the NSC Logo Is VERY visible!  Way to go Jim!

Mine Tours 2015
September 17, 2015
The last week of August was a busy week here at NSC Minerals Ltd with our annual Mine Tours.  For the first time since offering the tours all available spaces were filled so make sure to send in your RSVP’s early next year! 



We kicked off the Rocanville/PCS Tour with a reception on the patio at the Red Barn.  The weather was perfect and the kitchen and dining room staff treated NSC and our guests like royalty!  We built relationships around the tables with partners and vendors on either side of the border.  The next morning was an early one and we travelled convoy style to the PCS Mine Site and arrived on time to their security gate.  Two groups were guided through the mill and the mine underground before heading over to our site for a BBQ luncheon.  After lunch our Plant Manager, Rob Willms, and our Plant Supervisor, Kevin Vennard, each led a group through the life of a salt crystal once it lands on the PCS salt tailings pile.   The afternoon ended with accolades from our guests about their experience...well done gang!!



After a brief reprieve (of one day), we launched our Vanscoy/Agrium Tour with a gourmet meal at the Radisson in Saskatoon.  Chef Scott and the staff at Radisson served NSC staff and guests a memorable meal over clips of Olde Salty and a brief talk from our Agrium representative, David Middlebrook.  The next morning began even earlier than its preceding tour and we travelled in much the same way as the first tour to the Agrium Mine Security gate at the expected time.   Once again our group was divided and given a tour of both the mill and mine operations.  After Agrium’s portion ended (around noon) our Vanscoy plant hosted another BBQ style luncheon for our guests before Adam Parker and Todd Kinzel (Plant Supervisors) walked groups through operations at Vanscoy.  Again we had representatives from both sides of the border visiting our site and again we received many praises about the tour.

NSC wishes to thank both Potash Corporation Saskatchewan and Agrium for their willingness to allow our major suppliers, customers, and other supporters onto their site for a world class experience.
Food for thought: cutting back on salt may cause you to eat more.
June 25, 2015
Vegetarian_Curry

But what if eating less salt also increases your weight by making you eat more?

 “Over the past 30 years, an interesting phenomenon has occurred: the rates of obesity have dramatically gone up but the amount of salt we consume has remained fairly stable,”

Read the full article

 

Olde Salty on Non-Alcoholic Beverages
June 1, 2015


Click on this link
How much salt do you need for a healthy diet?
April 15, 2015

Mothers everywhere understand that the food kids eat is more than just a collection of nutrients arranged on a plate. "Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables and in moderation" has been sage motherly advice for a long time. Unfortunately, conflicting information from a variety of sources can make it difficult to follow Mom's good advice. For example, consider one nutrient that's essential for life yet often gets a bum rap - salt.

Full Article
Meet Olde Salty
March 24, 2015
Official unofficial spokesman for salt - the world's most important mineral.



"For a man who's spent most of his adult life on the sea, I'm about as dry as they come. Guess the bounding main has its way of getting to you. Either way, I left that life behind a long time ago. These days I prefer to navigate by way of Winnebago. All adventure aside I'm mostly possessed by the powers of salt. Speaking of which, have you met my pet clam, Brine? He's a nice little guy. I'd better get to feeding him. Well, it was nice running into you."

For more on Olde Salty visit his Facebook Page
2015 CPWA Conference in Saskatoon, SK
March 13, 2015
In February NSC Minerals attended the 2015 CPWA Conference in Saskatoon, SK.
 
For more information on the conference, click here to visit the CPWA website.

 

SaltGuru Video
January 8, 2015
Watch The SaltGuru explain the benefits of using road salts as part of a safe and sustainable snowfighting program.




Link here.
2015 APWA Conference in Grand Rapids, MI
December 19, 2014

In April NSC Minerals will be attending the 2015 APWA Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. 

For more information on the conference, click here to visit the APWA website.

We hope to see you there!

Fort Saskatchewan - Storage Capacity Increased
December 1, 2014
In 2014, NSC Minerals Ltd. made the decision to increase the storage capacity at our Fort Saskatchewan location. With the logistics problem seen in 2013/14 across Canada and the US, the added capacity will help alleviate this issue by filling storage in the summer months.

NSC Minerals Ltd increased from two domes with a capacity of 10,000 Tonnes each, to three domes with a total capacity of 40,000 Tonnes. This will allow us to service North Central Alberta better with decreased delivery times. With the three domes of storage, NSC Minerals Ltd. is now capable of offering storage solutions for other bulk materials such as fertilizer and frac sand.
Rock Salt