Puerto Rico aims to dig out massive garbage pile choking off urban estuary, wildlife sanctuary

November 5, 2013 6:17 PM

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Volunteers wore surgical gloves, many afraid to touch the water, as they picked through tangles of mangrove along a lagoon at the edge of Puerto Rico's capital.

They hauled out old tires by the dozen, plastic bottles by the hundreds. They found discarded fishing nets, an old toilet and sink and bags of medical waste that appeared to contain plasma.

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