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The 15 most toxic places to live

Oct. 16, 2009, 11:23 p.m.
Vapi, India

Photo: Greenpeace/Shailendra Yashwant

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Vapi, India

Sitting at the southern end of a 400-kilometer-long belt of industrial estates, the town of Vapi is a dumping place for chemicals of every kind. Levels of mercury in the groundwater are 96 times higher than safe levels, and heavy metals are present in the air and the local produce.