Environment: Explosion of a Toxic Time Bomb

New Jersey blaze spotlights growing problem of chemical waste

For nearly a decade, residents of grimy Elizabeth, N.J., had been complaining about the fumes emanating from the Chemical Control Corp.'s waterfront facility, where thousands of barrels of chemicals had been illegally stored. For nearly a year, New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection had been working to clean up the mess, and had removed some 10,000 barrels of the most toxic or explosive substances. Despite the department's efforts, though, some critics branded the facility the Three Mile Island of chemical dumps, and others described...

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