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Suits Claim Love Canal Still Oozing 35 Years Later

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Love Canal, the infamous polluted neighborhood of Niagara Falls, may be repeating history. New residents say toxic pollution is also making them ill.

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Phyllis P (237)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 4:33 am
Thirty-five years after Love Canal's oozing toxic waste scared away a neighborhood and became a symbol of environmental catastrophe, history could be repeating itself.

New residents, attracted by promises of cleaned-up land and affordable homes, say in lawsuits that they are being sickened by the same buried chemicals from the disaster in the Niagara Falls neighborhood in the 1970s.

"We're stuck here. We want to get out," said 34-year-old Dan Reynolds, adding that he's been plagued by mysterious rashes and other ailments since he moved into the four-bedroom home purchased a decade ago for $39,900.

His wife, Teresa, said she's had two miscarriages and numerous unexplained cysts.

"We knew it was Love Canal, that chemicals were here," she said. But when she bought the house, she said she was swayed by assurances that the waste was contained and the area was safe.

Six families have sued over the past several months. Lawyers familiar with the case say notice has been given that an additional 1,100 claims could be coming.

The lawsuits, which don't specify damages sought, contend Love Canal was never properly remediated and dangerous toxins continue to leach onto residents' properties.

Christeen A (370)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 5:42 am
This doesn't surprise me in the least.

Beth S (330)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 9:29 am
There are a lot of issues with nuclear power. This is one, another is the fact that there are no safe permanent storage areas for spent fuel rods and it's a major health and security risk, and last but not least, nuclear plants are great targets for future terrorist attacks. Have an airline fly into one of those and can you imagine what disaster that could bring. It would make 9/11 look like a piece of cake.

Thanks for reminding people that this is a dangerous business, and like the Love Canal, these things just don't go away.

We should be putting our investments into clean renewables and which has the further benefit of decentralizing power production and making it less easy for terrorist attacks.

Beth S (330)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 9:37 am
Oops. Still hold by the nuclear statement, but I had Love Canal mixed up with a radioactive release.

People need to hold our environment as a sacred, life-giving font. Anybody who mucks it up ought to clean it up and be forced to live there.

Sheryl G (363)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 10:54 am
"We knew it was Love Canal, that chemicals were here," she said. But when she bought the house, she said she was swayed by assurances that the waste was contained and the area was safe.

That was their first mistake.......Believing these Lying Heartless Greedy Ones.

Second mistake: What do people not realize about industrial hazardous waste?

This is something spreading across this Nation at rapid pace, by chemicals in the fracking fluids, the breaks from the oil spill disasters. After awhile if people don't wake up to what TOXIC means there will be no clean or fit for habitation land to live on.

Then our descendants will truly never forget us......

"Because we don't think about future generations, they will never forget us." Henrik Tikkanen

Craig Pittman (52)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 12:43 pm
I agree Dandelion, we have made more of a negative impact on this earth than all previous generations combined and, sadly, for this, we will be remembered. This is our legacy for those who follow us.

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Monday November 4, 2013, 7:15 am

Jim P (3257)
Monday November 4, 2013, 8:35 am
The majority of American people living in US do not understand the word "TOXIC"
and continue to go about their business ignoring the realities and potential dangers lurking all around them. GMOs, fracking, chemical spills, nuclear waste, oil spills, sludge and many other forms of toxic wastes are right in their neighborhoods.

The corporations and its bigwigs don't care and they certainly do not live anywhere near any toxic sites.

The Love Canal aka Black Creek Village. It was an early warning of things to come and apparently, we have not learned a thing!

TOXIC SITES in US. Take your pick and read & weep.

ty, Phyllis.

Jim P (3257)
Monday November 4, 2013, 8:39 am
Forgot to put this in.

Our Most Polluted States


Aggie M (44)
Monday November 4, 2013, 8:42 am
I am from Niagara Falls and feel little to no sympathy for these people! I was still living there during this entire Love Canal mess and yes, it was a mess! The entire city questioned its safety for a long time.

Fact is, those adults living in that hell hole now thought they got a great deal! A really nice place for $39,900? I looked at a lot of those places after the area was declared safe and they were beautiful, modern, well built and clean homes. The reason we checked the places out was obvious, we believed that they were safe and would be cheap because of the scandal attached to them!

We, some friends and myself, found one place we were drawn to and went as far as seeing it inside. As we were getting a closer look, I was looking at the back yard and saw little puddles all over the place! It hadn't rained for days!

At that time, I had two dogs, dogs that would be using that yard daily! I turned to my friends and pointed out the puddles as I told them I was no longer interested in going in on the deal. Thankfully, they all lost interest!

Love Canal was, is, and always will be a seriously dangerous place! It can't be cleaned up, the entire ground is toxic to any form of life. That back yard I mentioned was brown! Where there should have been grass growing wildly, there was a blade or two in the entire place!

My sadness will always go to the children. The young ones that either didn't exist before their parents took them into Love Canal and the young kids that were put there and had no say in it!

Maybe that sounds cruel but getting a great price on a home in Love Canal should make all kinds of bells and whistles go off! It isn't even clear to me how any greedy bastards have the nerve to lie to people and put them and their families at such risk!

It is time to cut your losses and move on! If this is ever going to end, Love Canal must end! Destroy all the houses, level them, stop people from going through this man-made hell once and for all! Declare the Love Canal area as uninhabitable and be done with it! Since we can't improve on it's condition, isn't it time to stop putting more people at risk?

Karen Chestney (112)
Monday November 4, 2013, 12:21 pm
Thanks Phyllis, Read it . I am not at all surprised. !!!! Same thing will happen in Japan. We need to go to Wind & Solar...Not nuke.

. (0)
Monday November 4, 2013, 4:10 pm
Ty Phyllis for the post. Nothing I can add to the very pointed and true statements made by all here. Jim, you are so correct my friend

Linda W (174)
Monday November 4, 2013, 4:32 pm
No surprise there. Those people killed the Land, people & creatures - then, now & for God only knows how far into the future. Maybe forever

Philip Heinlein (474)
Monday November 4, 2013, 5:04 pm
After all this time, it would be nice to think that we've solved this type of problem and these things are not happening. Alas.

An interesting side note... Most places that are poisoned from chemicals are in or near low income neighborhoods. The reason Love Canal got so much publicity is because it was a middle class neighborhood. There are still many more Love Canals out there today, but the silence is deafening.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 1:39 am
I think everybody already said what I was thinking. Know what I am thinking about what they are doing in japan? Why on earth would anybody believe crooks, lairs and governments? Anybody figure out what they plan on doing with all contaminated dirt they are scooping so PEOPLE CAN MOVE BACK IN? I think those in authority should be the ones who move in there. And now the world has to worry about this.
Japan OKs fuel removal from pool at nuclear plant

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 10:24 am
Interesting note. TY Phyllis

Melania P (122)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 1:06 pm

Roger G (154)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 2:09 pm
noted, thanks

Roxie H (350)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 8:30 pm
next time anyone feels tempted to vote for that "republican" button especially the 'tea party' jobs creator excuse, please look around you. Look at the destruction, lies, corruption. Keep telling yourself and your kids, family, loved ones that it isn't your fault. Keep those blinders covering around your head, stare blankly and push that ELECT button. When those lawmakers stab you in the back and then you have to face yourself in the mirror, choking on poisoned water, food that is shipped over from some other country that is contaminated, animals killed off by greed for no reason but because they are taking up SPACE ..don't expect people to come "rescue" you anymore. It will be too late.

Thanks Phyllis... I was in love one time... it was magical

lee e (114)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 8:45 pm
Love Canal and Fukushima!

Lisa Zarafonetis (168)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 10:42 pm

Phyllis P (237)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 7:41 am
I love it Roxy H!!

Suzanne L (98)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 9:14 pm
Thanks Phyllis. Sad and scary.

Susanne R (234)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 11:30 pm
Aggie knows of which she speaks! I've been a resident of Western NY all my life and live within a 20 to 30 minute drive of the Love Canal area. I remember very clearly the horror stories in our local newspaper and on our local television newscasts. Some of the deadliest chemicals that exist were seeping into people's yards and basements. Their children were playing in it, their pets were rolling in it, and their vegetable gardens were growing in it --where plant life was actually able to grow, that is. Cancer clusters were everywhere, with instances of several family members suffering from various forms of cancer at the same time. In addition to cancer, there were respiratory illnesses, skin diseases, blood disorders, high rates of miscarriage, and high rates of children born with multiple birth defects. Toxic chemicals were detected in the milk of nursing mothers. Children's limbs were covered with burns from having come into contact with the chemicals.

I agree with Aggie. Love Canal should never have been rebuilt into a residential area. It should have been buried and surrounded by a impenetrable wall. Instead, after it was "cleaned up," the homes were rebuilt and sold at a very low cost --and people started repopulating the area. But, two wrongs don't make a "right," and the chemicals are resurfacing.

I wonder if the executives and shareholders at Hooker Chemical (now the responsibility of Occidental) ever feel any guilt over what they've done? They made their money, improperly buried their deadly waste and ruined the lives of countless people. And the misery lives on in former residents who suffered chromosome damage, have handicapped children and are still battling debilitating illnesses.

Thanks for providing this reminder, Phyllis. We can't allow another disaster of this scale again. The tea party and GOP conservatives want less government --but this is just one example of what happens when there is too little oversight and/or corrupt officials. Can you imagine what would happen if there was no government oversight?

Roxie H (350)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 6:13 pm
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