Don't Be a Litterbarge

No one wants the wretched refuse of New York's teeming shore

Ancient mariners told of the Flying Dutchman, a phantom ship eternally doomed to sail the waters around the Cape of Good Hope, never making port. In the Gulf of Mexico last week the real-life vessel Mobro 4,000 seemed as damned as the Dutchman as it searched in vain for a friendly harbor. Southern ports had good reason for turning away the bereft barge: it was loaded with 3,168 tons of rancid, fly-infested trash from New York.

The Mobro's ill-starred journey resulted from a deal made by Alabama Entrepreneur Lowell Harrelson, founder of National Waste Contractors, Inc., to haul away a massive...

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