Just beyond the towering Anheuser-Busch Brewery, whose iconic eagle placard has overlooked Newark Liberty International Airport and bustling Routes 1&9 for two decades, there lies a nondescript lot that has waited even longer to be removed of its harmful chemicals.
The Trump administration has put one of the largest new water projects on the Colorado River on the fast track, moving oversight to the Bureau of Reclamation from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and raising concerns among environmentalists.
Water has been a source of death as well as a source of life for a generation in Shenqiu, a region fed by a tributary of China's heavily polluted Yangtze river and pockmarked with notorious "cancer villages".
Two communities — one in Canada, one in the U.S. — share both a border along the St. Marys River and a toxic legacy that has contributed to high rates of cancer. Now the towns are banding together to fight a ferrochrome plant.