Conveniently located right across the street from Edison High school, the Ascon Nesi landfill is the place to go if you're looking for a glimpse of decades of environmental degradation, neglect, and under-regulation. There are five lagoons full of oil, sludge, petroleum byproducts and various cancer-causing chemicals, as well as eight pits full of debris related to the oil and construction industries, which used the dumpsite as a waste repository for decades.
When I first wrote about Ascon Nesi's death lagoons back in February 1998–I'd include a link to the story but this was just before we started publishing online–all that protected the public from their slimy depths was a broken chain-link fence and a couple of discarded "No Tresspassing" signs. Within days of the publication of the article, which ran complete with photographs of dead pelicans protruding from tarpits and fields of rusting barrels, the fence had been fixed and the signs replaced. But still the sludge remained.