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  •  When I read this, I get a vision of the kind of (9+ / 0-)

    fire that could never be put out; like the ones that are underground at landfills, or at oil wells or tire dumps.

    Surely there should be a plan in place if a dirty mountain catches fire, but my guess is, there isn't even a plan, and much like the gulf oil spill, the improvised solution to a fire will be even worse than the fire itself.

    Where I live we have a salt mine; it is required that the salt pile be covered to prevent contamination from wind or precipitation.  Salt can't catch fire, but our surrounding environment is still a consideration, and the salt pile is covered.

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    by weck on Sat May 18, 2013 at 07:50:59 AM PDT

    •  Bad GOP running MI would probably like to see (3+ / 0-)
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      Detroit just burn up altogether.

      I can't believe this is allowed in any city. How horrible. It's just going to sit there forever and ever? It's totally crazy!

      "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

      by Gorette on Sat May 18, 2013 at 02:34:03 PM PDT

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    •  You mean like this one? (1+ / 0-)
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      St. Louis Is Burning  RollingStone  Steven Hsieh  5/10/13

      An underground landfill fire near tons of nuclear waste raises serious health and safety concerns – so why isn't the government doing more to help?{Emphasis added}
      West Lake Landfill is an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund site that's home to some of the oldest radioactive wastes in the world. A six-foot chain-link fence surrounds the perimeter, plastered with bright yellow hazard signs that warn of the dangers within. On one corner stands a rusty gas pump. About 1,200 feet south of the radioactive EPA site, the fire at Bridgeton Landfill spreads out like hot barbeque coals. No one knows for sure what happens when an underground inferno meets a pool of atomic waste, but residents aren't eager to find out.

      At a March 15th press conference, Peter Anderson – an economist who has studied landfills for over 20 years – raised the worst-case scenario of a "dirty bomb," meaning a non-detonated, mass release of floating radioactive particles in metro St. Louis. "Now, to be clear, a dirty bomb is not nuclear fission, it's not an atomic bomb, it's not a weapon of mass destruction," Anderson assured meeting attendants in Bridgeton's Machinists Union Hall. "But the dispersal of that radioactive material in air that could reach – depending upon weather conditions – as far as 10 miles from the site could make it impossible to have economic activity continue."

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      by Ginny in CO on Sat May 18, 2013 at 11:44:51 PM PDT

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