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Expensive cleanup: A half-billion dollars is, as they say, "real money." And, if that's really what it might cost to clean up the Park Township nuclear waste dump, the Army Corps of Engineers ought to listen to what Tom Haley has to say. He's the former nuclear engineer who, until his contract was canceled, was researching just what might be in those trenches the corps plans to dig up. It seems only common sense to renew his effort so the job can be done safely.

Port Authority funding: The Allegheny Institute's Jake Haulk has a worthy idea to save Allegheny County's mass-transit agency. He says the state should offer it $30 million in funding this year — but only in return for a legislative bill that ends the transit union's right to strike. If there are no takers, then nobody's really serious about saving local bus and trolley service.

The yuck factor: Everybody thinks it but Trib medical columnist Luis Fábregas wrote about it on Saturday — the possibility of germs and dirt and all manner of yuck being transported in and out of hospitals by employees wearing those ubiquitous scrubs to and from work and outside during smoke and lunch breaks. If hospitals truly are sincere about better infection control, they'll stop the practice.

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