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Nation's budget problems slow NASA's toxic cleanup

Original post made on Mar 27, 2013

Until budget problems are sorted out, NASA officials say they plan to simply put a fence around piles of contaminated soil that could harm wildlife in Moffett Field's wetlands.

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Comments

Posted by William, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm

So .. just how much does NASA claim this toxic waste cleanup is going to cost? Just how has the Sequester affected NASA Ames' budget?

Without knowing these two numbers, NASA could be well blowing smoke--and not clean up toxic waste with the money it does have.


Posted by Sorry to say this..., a resident of Midtown
on Mar 27, 2013 at 1:14 pm

I hate to say it ( not really), but protecting public health and safety has not been a government priority for several decades, if ever.


Posted by Stew, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Mar 28, 2013 at 9:24 pm

NASA knows more about their toxic plume than they let on. Naturally they don't want to pay to clean it up, who would? The fact is NASA Ames has been a superfund site for decades, some of the problems have been addressed, but clearly others have not. The EPA issued a news release a week ago or so stating that they had basically told NASA to stop stalling and get to work cleaning. The sudden lack of funds and citing sequestration as the problem is smoke and mirrors. Don't let their slick PR machine fool you.


Posted by Unhappy, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 28, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Members of my family work in the contaminated buildings at Google so I'm not at all happy with NASA on this one. On the other hand another relative of mine is a climate scientist who depends on NASA grant money to do his job!!


Posted by HUTCH 7.62, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 29, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Another fine example of Obama's stimulus has helped the new pre revolutionary "Divided America"