Walter “Mickey” Hinton bought the one-story house at the end of 19th Avenue near Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with a $200 deposit in the 1960s — nearly a decade after the neighborhood’s municipal trash incinerator went offline.

He says he didn’t know ash from the incinerator put toxins into the ground he gardened in, the yard he tended and the water supply he used, or that a local dumpsite became a park his family played in.

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