The Fight Against Billboard Pollution

<p>Are billboard companies exploiting public roadways?</p>
May 22, 2007, 2pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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"Critics charge that the new signs, like the 500,000-plus old-style billboards dotting U.S. highways coast to coast, not only blight the landscape but represent private exploitation of roadways that the public paid for....The big new digital signs are kicking off a heated argument about safety...South Carolina Department of Transportation ordered removal of 45 trees because they were inside the 300-foot highway 'view window' the billboard lobby had urged the state to mandate...Indeed, at least 28 states have laws that can force cutting trees owned by the public on public land if they obscure drivers' clear view of billboards...How 'ungreen,' one wonders, can government policy get?"

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Published on Sunday, May 20, 2007 in The Washington Post Writers Group
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