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Down in the Dumps

How to turn toxic dumps, leaching chemicals into the water supply, into safe sites?

Russia produces about 70 million tons of garbage a year, and a lot of it ends up in landfills. The sites are growing and threatening people’s health. The town of Serpukhov is the centre of toxic waste disposal, with several legal and more than half a dozen illegal landfills. The Lesnaya landfill is one of the most dangerous, with chemicals seeping into the water and poisoning the people who live close by.