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  •  industrial waste? (5+ / 0-)
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    pistolSO, Bernie68, chimene, salmo, GeoffT

    that one bit was interesting. What waste? How did it get there? Was that deliberate when the bridge was constructed? Did it contribute to the corrosion? That one little bit should prompt a host of follow up questions. Actually, depending on what "waste" it really is, it could very well also be deliberate and benign (some industrial waste can have cementitious properties). This all sounds like a serious technical investigation is warranted. (And its outcome should not be preempted by political interest either way).

    •  Lack of regulation coming home to roost? (5+ / 0-)
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      Just Bob, salmo, marsanges, sturunner, GeoffT

      Industrial waste was dumped and they didn't know about it, which means that either it was unregulated or the regulations weren't being enforced.  The result is a very costly disaster.  Whoever dumped the waste didn't expect that a bridge would be built there.  But that's precisely the key cost of lack of regulation: The dumper was externalizing the cost of waste disposal, and the externalized cost (the ruined bridge) was much higher than the cost would have been had it been internalized (needed to dispose of it properly).

      Welcome to Republican paradise.

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