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Children's LiteratureAn introduction explains the toxic disaster that took place in 1978 when toxic waste was blamed for the illness and death of people living the Love Canal neighborhood located in the City of Niagara Falls in New York State. Love Canal became a national scandal because industrial pollution had turned a pleasant middle-class community into a toxic wasteland. In the early twentieth century, Love Canal held much promise. It was named after a businessman named William T. Love, who in 1892 had a vision of a great canal that would circle around to the south of the falls. The land that Love had purchased for his model city had been sold to a local power company which then offered it as a dumping site for the city of Niagara Falls and nearby factories. Hooker Chemical and Plastics Corporation began dumping tons of chemical wastes into Love Canal. Eventually, homes were built on land around the Canal, but homeowners were never told what lay beneath the soil. In the remaining chapters, Bryan examines the consequences of living on and around contaminated soil, testing, exposure, health problems, and cleanup. Today, after nearly twenty years of cleaning the area, the EPA announced that Love Canal was safe. The new community is now called Black Creek Village. Color Photographs, sidebars, time line, glossary and further information is included. 2004, World Almanac Library, Ages 10 up.
— Della A.Yannuzzi