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for Independent Weekly Vol. 23 Issue 3, Jan 2006
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The Ward Transformer Company plant in Raleigh first gained notoriety in 1978 when 30,000 gallons of PCBs from the site were illegally dumped. Prevented from transporting the contaminated material for resale, the contacted company sprayed the material over 200 miles of North Carolina roadside. The state cleaned it up and transported the soil to a Warren County landfill. The site leaked and polluted the soil, water, and fish of a number of waterways. The effects of the contamination are being felt today. Crabtree Lake and surrounding waterways are under a fish consumption advisory. Recent testing has found unacceptable levels of PCBs leaking from the plant.
Morgan examines Durham's hometown newspaper, the HERALD-SUN, one year after a traumatic takeover by the Paxton Media chain. A number of employees were fired the day of the takeover or left shortly afterward. Morgan follows up on what some are doing now and discusses how the paper has changed under new management.