Effort to Save a Historic Water Tower Put Lead in this North Carolina Town’s Soil

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Bynum officials didn’t require the company cleaning the tower to capture the flakes and dust that testing shows contain toxic lead and hexavalent chromium. Now the community garden below is closed to protect the public.

BYNUM, N.C.—Pitted with rust, an empty water tower looms over this old mill village. In its short shadow rests an organic community garden, where overripe tomatoes dangle from dying vines and pepper plants droop, yellowed and parched. 

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