A Letter From The Publisher, Sep. 22, 1980

For the TIME correspondents who visited dozens of toxic dumps and waste sites across the country to get material for this week's cover, the story entailed some eerie hazards. "If you are reporting a riot and get hit with a bottle," says New York Bureau Chief Peter Stoler, a veteran of the science and environment beat, "you either come home well or you don't. But with hazardous waste, you become acutely aware of every sneeze, every rash. You wonder about being well 20 years from now." Chatting with fire fighters near a blazing Elizabeth, N.J., dump...

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