The Cleanup Men Get Spattered

Charges fly that Waste Management mishandled toxic garbage

In the dirty business of industrial garbage, Waste Management, Inc., of Oak Brook, Ill., has always presented a squeaky-clean face to the public. When outsiders visited a cleanup site in Seymour, Ind., for instance, they saw work crews in protective clothing taking samples from drums of hazardous refuse for white-coated chemists to analyze in nearby laboratories. Other neatly uniformed workers transported the waste to two of the company's 15 toxic-chemical disposal sites, where it was buried in a landfill under tons of clay or injected into...

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