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In the shadow of “Shingle Mountain,” southeast Dallas neighbors fight to dismantle a legacy of environmental racism

The residents of Choate Road in southeast Dallas have seen the rise of Shingle Mountain, a more than 70,000-ton toxic waste dump that was created by a recycling company. Now they hope the city of Dallas keeps its promise to tear the mountain down.

By Alejandra Martinez, KERA News
Cecilia Del Toro Garcia stands in her backyard, where Shingle Mountain is visible in the background. Her backyard, which was once a home for Garcia’s garden, is now barren due to the toxic waste dump.

Resident turned environmental activist

The long haul to remove Shingle Mountain

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