In this Feb. 16, 2011 photo, Department of Environmental Protection employee Pam Nixon shows a stack of news articles in Institute, W. Va., about the community's long-standing safety concerns over an ... more 
In this Feb. 16, 2011 photo, Department of Environmental Protection employee Pam Nixon shows a stack of news articles in Institute, W. Va., about the community's long-standing safety concerns over an Institute chemical plant. Nixon was injured in a 1985 chemical leak at the complex, now owned by Bayer CropScience. Residents of the tiny town in West Virginia have been fighting to get the toxic chemical manufacturer out of their backyard for nearly three decades, since the days after a cloud of the same deadly gas killed thousands in Bhopal, India. Now, the people of Institute have finally won. Bayer CropScience, which had wanted to resume making methyl isocyanate for use in pesticides, says it is dropping those plans and shuttering its plant, permanently lifting a threat that had loomed over the town for a generation. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Vicki Smith
Fri, Mar 18, 2011 12:45 PM EDT