Why buy de-icing brine when you can brew your own? Massachusetts has joined the ranks of other snow-fighting states in acquiring its own salt-brine production plant, installing a device known as the BrineXtreme in the Sagamore highway barn. The $160,000 apparatus, which resembles a futuristic whiskey still, allows the state to mix the special liquid itself at just seven cents a gallon. Massachusetts is among the last of the snowy states to acquire a brine maker, trailing most of the Northeast and Midwest.
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