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On the other hand, humans have a very large tolerance for stupidity, particularly when it comes to environmental hazards. Here in Colorado Springs, there is a huge, gigantic, mind-boggling pile of waste "dirt" from the gold processing that went on here in the early part of the 20th century. The pile of dirt has sat there for 100 years, right in the middle of town (well, technically, it's about five blocks away from downtown). Nothing grows on it because of the cyanide, heavy metals, and other junk in it. It just sits there, except when the wind blows dust from it all over the place--or when it rains and washes more of the dirt into Fountain Creek.

Recently a developer has bought some of it and is putting up high-end housing. Potential owners are advised that they will have to comply with covenants limiting their garden plantings, because the layer of topsoil spread over the toxic waste is so thin.

The advertisement: http://www.goldhillmesa.com/location.html

The reality: http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/355826/the_305_million_pile_history_will_be_buried_homes_born/

Moral: Don't get your hopes up for the end of nukes just because of one or two "smallish" "incidents."

by asdf on Sun Mar 13th, 2011 at 06:12:53 PM EST
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Huh... Is this even legal? Where is EPA? Where are zoning laws and such?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Mar 13th, 2011 at 06:21:04 PM EST
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Hello, this is 'merica. The magic invisible guiding hand of the free market will take care of it.
by asdf on Sun Mar 13th, 2011 at 06:24:34 PM EST
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My boss in FC told me about the similar story near Boulder and the rock ridge nuclear site.
by njh on Sun Mar 13th, 2011 at 08:10:28 PM EST
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Rocky Flats, maybe you mean. Where they machined the plutonium cores for the H bombs. And let the pollution just waft over Denver... Now the site of three smallish wind turbines--and ongoing lawsuits and investigations even though the site is officially cleaned up.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Flats_Plant

Or maybe you mean the Rocky Mountain arsenal, a few miles away on the east side of Denver, where they stored tons of nerve gas in rusting 55 gallon drums, and then when it was time to build a new airport, conveniently found that they could just spread a bit of dirt on the toxic waste and presto-change-o, there's a new park!
http://www.fws.gov/rockymountainarsenal/

by asdf on Sun Mar 13th, 2011 at 08:42:55 PM EST
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Can't remember.  But I remember the 4 and 5 storey houses that needed a 20 minute drive just to pick up some milk.
by njh on Mon Mar 14th, 2011 at 08:36:05 PM EST
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by asdf on Sun Mar 13th, 2011 at 06:32:54 PM EST
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What's that word again?  I think it's five letters long and starts with a 'g'?
by Jace on Sun Mar 13th, 2011 at 06:34:38 PM EST
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