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MIJ Dick Spotswood: Either keep the dump, or run garbage trains though Novato
Sunday 27 Apr 2008, 09:39
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ODDS & ENDS: The Marin County Planning Commission soon will consider approving an environmental impact report that keeps North Novato’s Redwood Landfill open until 2024. While no one likes garbage dumps, the reality is that the North Bay generates huge amounts of waste and it must go somewhere. That “somewhere” is just north of Novato along Highway 101 adjacent to the Petaluma River. If Marin doesn’t want a dump, it has two choices: either ship the stuff out of the area by the now-unused Northwestern Pacific Railroad or cut back on waste. The latter goal, while ideal, is unlikely in a still growing region. That leaves either running garbage-loaded freight trains through Novato or keeping the dump.

Columnist Dick Spotswood of Mill Valley shares his views on local politics every Sunday in the IJ. His e-mail address is spotswood@comcast.net

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