Florida city cleans up toxic mess — with molasses

Orlando, the "City Beautiful," agreed to pay for cleaning up the contamination rather than risk landing the city on a list of the nation's most hazardous places, reports the Orlando Sentinel.


So they are pumping more than 30,000 gallons of molasses into the ground.

But it's not your run-of-the-mill molasses — it's feed-grade molasses, not for human consumption.

Here's another example of state-of-the-art technology deployed in Manatee County to halt massive leaks of contaminated water: Workers used seven Queen-sized mattresses, a balloon, sandbags and even soil to try to block the flow of water.

Great green technology or a sure sign we're broke?

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Photo: Chad Hanna of Arcadis is working on the cleanup of TCE in the ground water near the practice fields for Lake Highland Prep. Hanna looks at a distribution box that leads to the injection wells on the playing fields. (George Skene, Orlando Sentinel / September 1, 2011)

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