Luella Kenny, former resident of Love Canal, in Niagara Falls, NY. Kenny stands in front of the monument about the neighbourhood’s environmental crisis.
In 1979, residents of Love Canal discovered that 21,000 tons of toxic waste were dumped by Hooker Chemical (now Occidental Petroleum Corporation)
The land owned by Hooker was sold to the Niagara Falls School Board for $1, with a deed that explained in detail that toxic waste was buried on-site.
Housing development began and within a decade, health problems began to surface. Birth defects, abnormal incidences of miscarriages, nervous disorders and cancers developed. Kenny’s seven year old son died of kidney disease. By 1978, a federal health emergency was declared by President Jimmy Carter.
Many of the homes were demolished and you can still see the impressions of sidewalks and driveways of these homes.
People continue to live in Love Canal, now renamed Black Creek. Houses have been renovated and are deemed “safe”, however people who live near the toxic dump site continue to suffer from health problems.
This issue of governments and their poor-decision making is still ongoing. More health issues and new lawsuits have surfaced. This fight is far from being over. #buffalo #lovecanal #environmental