Love Canal, NY: How a Single Environmental Disaster Changed America
One of the most famous environmental disasters in the last fifty years, Love Canal still echoes in the American mind. A subdivision outside of Niagara Falls, NY, that was built on top of a chemical waste dump, the neighborhood became the epicenter of a new struggle for environmental justice in the 1970s and 1980s. That struggle produced landmark laws, such as the 1980 Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, aka Superfund — which is dedicated to hazardous waste remediation — and inspired a wave of grassroots environmental struggle across the nation and the world.
- What environmental organizations did Love Canal residents and their allies form after a toxic waste dump was discovered in their neighborhood in the late 1970s? What goals did these various groups have?
- What impact did Love Canal activism have on Congress in the 1970s and 1980s?
- How was Love Canal remediated — and why were certain parts of the neighborhood resettled later under a new name?