Love Canal

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Love Canal is a neighborhood in the Southeast section of Niagara Falls, New York. It was the site of an environmental controversy because of waste dumped there by the Hooker Chemical corporation (which has since been acquired by Occidental Petroleum). Approximately 21,000 tons of toxic waste was buried underneath the neighborhood while the dump site was active, between 1942 and 1953. This has led to some birth defects and other health problems among neighborhood residents, since schools and residential housing were constructed directly adjacent to the landfill.[1] Hooker Chemical has been largely vindicated of any wrongdoing, since it complied with environmental standards while the site was in operation and all leakage of hazardous material occurred after the Federal Government took control of the site.[2][3]


  1. New York State Department of Health. "Love Canal Follow-up Health Study." October 2008.
  2. Stroup, Richard. "Free-Market Environmentalism." The Library of Economics and Liberty.
  3. Zuesse, Eric. "Love Canal: The Truth Seeps Out." Reason, February 1981.