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Fancy sewer heating system notwithstanding, Vancouver Olympics organizers have been slammed by a watchdog group as they ready the city for the 2010 Olympics.

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According to the subtly named Impact of the Olympics on the Community Coalition, Winter Games organizers receive a D- for their preparations so far. Much of the near-failing grade concerns broken promises on housing and civil liberties, but the environment also factors in. The report accuses organizers of preferring “less-sustainable methods of transportation, despite bid promises to ensure sustainability.” A new four-lane highway has also been bitterly disputed. In addition, from the article:

The IOCC report card finds that other sustainability commitments — such as the zero waste management strategy and green building design — have received insufficient resources. Still other promises have yet to be addressed at all; these include a liquid waste strategy, hydrogen fuel infrastructure installation plans, and greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies.

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An executive vice president at the Vancouver Organizing Committee responded, “If the findings are accurate or fair, we’ll consider them.”