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Hope for a Treece rescue

Good for Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., for coaxing the Environmental Protection Agency to send three top officials to Treece, the southeast Kansas community hopelessly contaminated by waste from lead and zinc mining. Their plan to visit Thursday doesn't guarantee a federal rescue for the 100 remaining residents. But it seems likely that seeing the devastation will lead the EPA officials to believe, as Roberts and others do, that a $3 million buyout would be stimulus money well-spent.