Monday, October 15, 2007

Hot Metal

Statenet compiles from several sources a report on a growing "epidemic" of scrap metal theft and legislative attempts to deal with the problem:

Across the nation — and around the world — guardrails have been disappearing from roadways. Manhole covers have been vanishing from city streets. Power lines have been pulled down from utility poles. Rails cut from train tracks. Wires torn out of farm irrigation systems. Copper plumbing ripped from home construction sites. Aluminum bleachers hauled from high school football fields. Beer kegs swiped from liquor dealers. Catalytic converters stripped from the engines of parked cars. Bronze statues lugged from public buildings and parks.

The consensus seems to be that the growing problem is related to methamphetamine addiction.

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