Why were the people relieved when they learned about the hole?
The people were relieved when they found a use for the hole because they believed that they found a way to get rid of their waste with no detrimental effects to themselves. It gave them a way to continue on in their ways, creating nuclear waste and chemicals and experimenting on animals, without having to pay the price. The hole seemingly sucked up all of the unwanted objects they threw into it. It seemed like a great solution, because everything that was thrown into it just disappeared,like the saying, "out of sight, out of mind." The hole created wealth as well, as people capitalized on the existence of the hole and charged others to throw their waste into it. The city thought that they were cleansing themselves of all their dangerous garbage, cleaning up their city and creating a clean place to live, where they didn't have to change anything they were doing, just throw their mistakes into the hole and get rid of it. Unfortunately, nothing is that easy, and eventually the people would find out that the hole was not the solution they thought it was.