PCB Protests

Back in 1982, it was discovered that someone had dumped PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, a carcinogen, along highway shoulders in North Carolina. The state decided to scoop up all the contaminated soil and bury it in a landfill to be built in Warren County, one of the poorest counties on the state. I was a young photojournalist at The Henderson Daily Dispatch and covered the inevitable protests the citizens of the county mounted against the state. They were non-violent, but the state still brought out the Highway Patrol in full force to make sure that dump trucks filled with the soil made it to the landfill. This went on for about six weeks. These photos are from the first three days of the protests.