No Dumping

A PCB spill fires up a town

When the poisonous-waste landfill near the hamlet of Afton opened in September, concerned residents of Warren County, located in a poor, mostly black area of North Carolina, started staging a daily vigil. The campaign: to turn away the yellow state trucks that have been hauling in 40,000 cu. ft. of soil contaminated with toxic chemicals called PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls). Six weeks and 523 arrests later, the standoff on State Road 1604 has potentially turned into the nation's most significant protest against a local government's selection of a toxic-waste site in recent memory.

The county government's troubles...

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