06/27/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Port Arthur, Texas: Small City, Reluctant International Toxic Dump

PORT ARTHUR, Tex. -- This downtrodden chemical town on the Gulf of Mexico has no shortage of nicknames: Cancer Alley, the Armpit of Texas, Ring of Fire.

Built on a gush of oil wealth, Port Arthur eventually wooed chemical and waste plants as well. But since the 1970s, this city, which is majority African-American, has complained that it has become a dumping ground for the nation's toxic waste.

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