The Mercury Among Us

New Jersey Neighborhoods Fight Toxic Incinerators

Anne Parker, a retired school teacher, lives in what should be a pleasant middle-class neigborhood in Rahway, New Jersey. The curbs hold orange jack-o-latern leaf bags, the sidewalks have cracked from the roots of stately sycamore trees, the brick or ranch-style house have tricycles or basketball hoops in the driveways. There is even a pair of that famous suburban species, the plastic pink lawn flamingo.