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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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