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The Tragedy at Love Canal
This paper is a case study of the environmental disaster at Love Canal in Niagara Falls, which led to new environmental policies and the creation of the Superfund.
# 100422 | 3,895 words | 10 sources | APA | 2007 | US

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This paper explains that the never completed Love Canal became a dump site for chemical wastes from Hooker Chemical and Plastics Corporation, a local company and subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation. The author relates that, in 1978, twenty five years after the Hooker Chemical Company stopped dumping into the Love Canal, it was suspected that carcinogens were leaching from their containers causing birth defects, miscarriages, breathing problems and burns. The paper states that the Department of Justice, acting as a representative of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), won lawsuits against these companies. The author reports that, in 1980, Congress passed the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA, known as Superfund, which enforced a tax on industries with chemical and petroleum products and made it easier for the Federal Government to respond to hazardous waste exposure.

Table of Contents:
An Introduction to Love Canal
The Love Canal Chemical Incident
The United States vs. Hooker Chemical
Funding for Relief Efforts
Love Canal and the Creation of Superfund
The Road to Recovery and Normalization
Present Day Love Canal

From the Paper:

"Prosecutors requested that the court order an immediate remediation of all four disposal site, the construction of walls to barricade the chemicals that remained, and to install water and air monitoring systems, all to be funded by Hooker Chemical. Complete medical service for each person living in the Love Canal and Hyde Park areas of Niagara Falls was also requested by prosecutors, at the expense of Hooker. This medical program requested was to include all past and present residents and their offspring, and health coverage was proposed for the rest of their lives."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beck, Eckardt C. The Love Canal Tragedy. EPA Journal, January 1979. Retrieved from on March 29, 2007.
  • Ember, Lois. Love Canal Cleaned Up. Chemical and Engineering News, March 19, 2004. Retrieved from on April 17, 2007.
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). How Was Superfund Created? Retrieved from on April 18, 2007.
  • EPA Press Release, December 20, 1979. U.S. Sues Hooker Chemical at Niagara Falls, New York. Retrieved from on April 10, 2007.
  • EPA Press Release, May 21, 1980. EPA, New York State Announce Temporary Relocation of Love Canal Residents. Retrieved from on April 10, 2007.

Cite this Term Paper:

APA Format

The Tragedy at Love Canal (2007, December 28) Retrieved December 07, 2023, from

MLA Format

"The Tragedy at Love Canal" 28 December 2007. Web. 07 December. 2023. <>