"AMBLER, Pa. -- U.S. EPA's Greg Voigt opens a chain-link gate, pushes aside waist-high weeds and scrambles to the highest point in this Philadelphia suburb: a 100-foot pile of industrial waste.
'Check out the million-dollar view,' Voigt jokes as he looks out from a gravel plateau covering asbestos mounds he monitors for EPA's Superfund program.
Welcome to the 'White Mountains of Ambler.' Less than 20 miles from this week's Democratic National Convention, the tree-shrouded toxic landmark is a reminder of this town's past as the asbestos manufacturing capital of the world.
Asbestos -- building insulation material largely banned by EPA since the 1970s because of its link to mesothelioma, a lung cancer -- made Ambler a thriving blue-collar hamlet for three-quarters of a century EPA has spent the past 30 years cleaning up and monitoring its two Superfund sites, which take up more than 50 acres here."