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Scrap Site Scrapped

Via the Santa Monica Daily Press, news that "Santa Monica officials have scrapped a two-year effort to design a new trash and recycling center, citing higher than expected estimates to build the facility. The canceled project, which would have replaced the open-air Resource Recovery Center on City Hall-owned land at Cloverfield Boulevard and Michigan Avenue with an enclosed facility, had been touted as a way to make operations cleaner and more efficient, responding to residents' complaints about the transfer station's stench." The rising price tag--it's now estimated to cost $32 million--is the reason city officials are now looking for alternatives. [SMDP]