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May 13, 2010

What a Waste

Over 100 tons of solid waste is sunbathing out at Campbell Industrial Park. The bales were supposed to mean business for the contracted waste winner, but as of yet, these jewels of junk haven't yet been moved to their supposed graveyard in western Washington. And now the state is fining the company for using extra space for storing the immovable objects of un-desire.

One question to be asked is how the city could have made a deal with an entity without written assurances that the trash could absolutely be shipped out? Whatever questions or concerns there might have been about the waste being shipped from Hawaii to the mainland should have been answered or solved before the baling began. And while the bales fester in airtight cubes out at Campbell Industrial Park, common sense and business sense indicate that this stuff shouldn't still be sitting there for over six months after a deal to send it off was finalized, and after over a year of discussions before that.

And if there really is a problem in getting a clearance for this stuff to be put onto its very special cruise to Washington state, then where does it go? One estimate says there are 40-million pounds of stuff just sitting there in three different locations. This situation stinks, and cries out for an answer. Something smells foul out at Campbell, and it really does appear to be a bunch of garbage. Think about it…

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