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Love Canal Is No More

I don't know if I'm ready for this. Love Canal started it all.

The environmental movement, that is. One of the major areas where I practice law.

Now, the beginning has come to an end. Love Canal was removed from the Superfund site list.

Say it ain't so.

It's actually a very good thing not to be on the list.

Love Canal area was the first prominent site where hazardous waste dumping was discovered, having been dumped there for ten years, from 1942-1952. Without expressing an opinion whether anyone knew or not, the waste was then covered by dirt, and a developer built houses on the waste site.

Residents started to complain about chemicals seeping into basements, and the USEPA conducted studies. The local water supply was affected. 950 families evacuated. Love Canal has generally been cited as the genesis for CERCLA (the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act), typically known as Superfund, which serves to handle abandoned hazardous waste sites.

The USEPA completed its work at the Love Canal site and claims that its monitoring studies show that the cleanup goals have been met.

An era has passed.

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