Arson, break-ins, death threats, the Ku Klux Klan - all tried to stop her. Zulene Mayfield is a zealous resident whose family is being poisoned by one of the United States’ largest trash incinerators. Her hometown, the city of Chester, Pennsylvania, was invaded by a unique clustering of solid waste facilities in the late eighties and early nineties. Her activism fostered Supreme Court cases which sparked the US environmental j... Read more
S01 E02 - Episode 2 Part 2 - Stormy Weather
As the incinerator opens its doors in the 90's, nearby neighborhoods grow increasingly concerned about the smoke and smells coming from the facility. With help from filmmaker Robert Bahar's 1997 documentary "Laid to Waste," we exp...
S01 E02 - Episode 2 Part 1 - Stormy Weather
We go back in time to dive deep into Chester's history. The seed that germinated Chester's environmental problems was sowed long before the incinerator opened its doors. Part 1 explores the corrupt political machine that sold Ches...