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Pile of dirt standing in way of jet-engine plant

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 A huge pile of dirt is standing in the way of a new jet engine plant in Lafayette.

The Journal & Courier reports that the 10-foot-deep pile covers an area of about a half-dozen football fields.

The dirt is left over from previous construction near the site at the industrial park where GE Aviation intends to build a 225,000-square-foot plant. GE Aviation announced in March it plans to assemble an engine developed by CFM International, a joint company of GE and Snecma of France, at the site.

Officials in the central Indiana city this week agreed to pay more than $1.5 million to an Indianapolis construction company to remove the 145,000 cubic yards of soil.

The state contributed $325,000 toward the removal project.

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  • Are you kidding me?
    This has to be the most random, obscure, and dumb thing I have read in recent memory. A waste of $325k of state money. Is that being recouped somewhere?
  • how much is this dirt worth
    You realize that this dirt is worth its weight and worth millions of dollars. What are they doing with it. Seems to me that if the construction company is getting the dirt, they are getting payed to makemoney on the proceeds and profiting from thedirt.

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