Cargill Product Earns Distinguished EPA Designation: Road Deicer Awarded Notable “Design for the Environment” Label

Sep 9, 2011 | Corporate Member News

A green product just got greener. Cargill announced today that it received the “Design for the Environment” (DfE) designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Granted to ClearLane® enhanced deicer, a green-colored deicing product produced by the Cargill Deicing Technology (CDT) business unit, this product joins the ranks of numerous Cargill initiatives and operations that have received awards for environmental ingenuity and innovation.* 

In correlation with CDT’s new mission statement declaring a more prominent focus on reducing environmental impact, and Cargill’s overarching commitment to the environment, the company sought the prestigious designation for ClearLane® enhanced deicer, in which traditional sodium chloride has been enhanced with a blend of salts and organic additives to provide increased performance while reducing the user’s environmental impact. Lab data and customer usage experience show this composition can help lower the amount of salt used per application by 30-40 percent, which means, less salt is distributed into the environment when compared to regular road salt. 

A prominent product used by city, county and state governments as well as commercial snow removal companies in their efforts to create safer winter driving conditions for the public, the product has been on the market for over 10 years. When used at the proper application rates, the product offers significant environmental benefits such as fewer salts and chlorides released into the environment, resulting in reduced impact on watersheds, aquatic life, roadside vegetation and other living organisms when compared to other treatment methods such as agricultural by-products. 

“What this means for the public is the product used during winter on many roads and parking lots throughout the country is effectively helping melt ice and create safer driving conditions, plus it’s doing so in a way that’s better for the environment,” said Sean Riley, CDT marketing manager. “What this means for our customers is the deicing product they’ve trusted over the years still provides the enhanced results they come to expect while meeting a very stringent environmental standard.” 

Attaining the EPA designation involved meeting approval and continued focus in categories such as environmental protection, worker/consumer safety, resource conservation and customer education. 

“The product is friendlier to the environment and helps conserve resources by reducing corrosion, and wear and tear on handling equipment and salt spreader trucks,” Riley said. “Plus, we’re meeting the customer education criteria by educating our customers and sales force about the benefits, and improved environmental characteristics of the product.” 

The ClearLane® enhanced deicer DfE designation is another step in the organization’s dedicated path of environmental stewardship and providing superior winter maintenance solutions.

* In 2007, Cargill’s BiOH® polyol, a bio-based substitute for petroleum-based foams used in furniture applications, received the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the EPA. Four Cargill Corn Milling North America locations, including Blair, Nebraska; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Eddyville, Iowa; and Wahpeton, North Dakota, earned the EPA’s prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for protecting the environment through energy efficiency. 

Sean Riley, 440-716-4700, [email protected] 
Mark Klein, 952-742-6211, [email protected] 

More About ClearLane® enhanced deicer 

ClearLane® enhanced deicer is a pre-wetted deicer providing increased value over bulk deicing salt by requiring 30 – 40 percent less usage. In addition, ClearLane® enhanced deicer provides corrosion protection to user equipment. ClearLane® enhanced deicer is bulk deicing salt pre-mixed for customers with a mixture of liquid magnesium chloride, a PNS approved corrosion inhibitor and a coloring agent. The blended product is mixed with a patent pending mixing process ensuring a non-leaching product that holds all of the liquid pre-treatment. 

More about Cargill Deicing Technology 

Cargill Deicing Technology is committed to providing customers with deicing solutions that save lives, enhance commerce and reduce environmental impact. Located in North Olmsted, Ohio, Cargill Deicing Technology understands the science behind ice melters and is committed to sharing that knowledge with customers and using it to improve offerings. As well as ClearLane® enhanced deicer, Cargill Deicing Technology offers additional products to the winter maintenance industry, including the AccuBrine® automated brine maker and SafeLane® surface overlay.

More about Cargill 

Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 130,000 people in 63 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business. For more information, visit

For more information on ClearLane® enhanced deicer contact Cargill at 1.800-600-SALT (7258) or visit

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