Aircraft protected by "wasteful" volcano monitoring program:

03/24/2009 | Seattle Times, The

Six eruptions from Alaska's Mount Redoubt have drawn attention to volcano monitoring systems, an expense recently derided by some as an example of wasteful government spending. Because the volcano was shrouded by clouds or darkness, monitoring systems were key in alerting pilots to the presence of potentially deadly ash in the air. "Without instruments in the ground, we would not have been able to tell you this was coming," said an official with the U.S. Geological Survey.

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