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How NIMBY Becomes BIO

In Tullytown, Pennsylvania, Waste Management Inc. quietly resolved opposition to the building and operation of a local trash dump by paying residents a per-household fee each year. This year's holiday-time check: $2,000 for each of roughly 600 property owners. A town official says the checks, which vary in size and have been distributed since 1988, dramatically cut protests over the dump, trash trucks rumbling through town, and the occasional unpleasant vapors. A case of cash turning "not in my back yard" to "bring it on!" Tullytown residents also get free trash pick up. Still, the practice is not uncontroversial, with municipal and environmental officials worrying that the money placates citizens into not thinking about future health and environmental impacts. Could this be the solution to other NIMBY problems?

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