It seems a week doesn't go by where an extremist in Congress isn't threatening to undo our basic environmental laws. This week is no exception.
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The Army Corps' temporary, hydraulic pumps have now been in place since June 1, 2006. That means, as of now, protective structures with a five-year life span are in year six.
Balance costs and benefits -- this sounds so reasonable that it might seem unobjectionable. Unless you've had some experience with one federal agency that has long used "benefit-cost ratio" as a supposed guide to decision-making.
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