Lois Gibbs. In 1978, after discovering her entire neighborhood was built on a toxic waste dump and with no prior experience in community activism, Gibbs organized her neighbors and formed the Love Canal Homeowners Association. She led her community in a battle against the local, state, and federal governments. After years of struggle, 833 families were eventually evacuated, and cleanup of Love Canal began. Her efforts also led to the creation of the EPA's Superfund Act.
Love Canal was a neighborhood in Niagara Falls, New York, built on land formerly used to bury 21,000 tons of toxic waste by Hooker Chemical (now Occidental Petroleum Corporation), who sold the site to the Niagara Falls School Board in 1953 for $ 1. In 1979, blood tests that showed high white blood cell counts,a precursor to leukemia,and chromosome damage in Love Canal residents. 33 percent of the residents had chromosomal damage; in a typical population, chromosomal damage affects 1% of…
Lovely Canal, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, Midland, Ontario, Canada Lovely canal with rustic wooden buildings within Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Midland, Ontario, Canada. This historical park was very well done. It rained hard but we were fortunate that the heavy rain stopped shortly afterwards.
Love Canal NY - Houses in the residential areas on the east and west sides of the canal have been demolished. All that remains on the west side are abandoned residential streets. Some older east side residents, whose houses stand alone in the demolished neighborhood, chose to stay. It was estimated that fewer than 90 of the original 900 families opted to remain.