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Quote of the Day - Cogito ergo dim sum. (Therefore I think these are pork buns.) - Richard Byrne

Environmental Pork Awards Handed Out

Is $75 million practically worthless? I argue yes.

Sure, the USEPA awarded $75 million to assess, clean up and train people about Brownfields (in other words, not all the money is going to clean-up). But estimates for the total cost to clean up the nation's contamination are dramatically larger. One estimate, made in 1994, put the total cost of clean up at $75 billion (now grossly undervalued, some pegging it as high as $75 trillion now, including all we know and all media - radioactivity, greenhouse gases and the like, too).

So what is $75 million buying us? 1,000 new environmental jobs. Almost sounds like the WPA.

We also get Nine Regions of grants, including this gem in Puerto Rico to allow the Army Corps of Engineers to prevent flooding. Did I miss the brownfields contamination issue there? A cool $200,000 that won't even begin to touch rechannelization.

We also get to search in Kauai, Hawaii (they're kidding, right?) for possible contamination. And, we get to spend another $200,000 doing it.

If your community didn't get its pork, you can get it here.

Posted by J. Craig Williams on 6/16/2004 at 09:10 Comments (0)


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