How Do You Clean Up A 2,000 Mile Garbage Dump?

Two years ago, firefighters in Juarez, Mexico, rushed to deal with a truck that had spilled its contents across one of the border city's roads. Firefighters sprayed the spill with water--creating a hissing cloud of noxious vapor. The truck had been carrying sulfuric acid. No one was hurt, but Juarez' chief environmental inspector, Oscar Monsivais, still shudders when he recalls the incident. "The fire department is ready for a fire from 1950," he says, "not one with the chemicals you have now."

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