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Love Canal: My Story
Love Canal: My Story
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  • ISBN-13: 9780873955874
  • ISBN: 0873955870
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  • Publisher: State University of New York Press

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In 1978, Love Canal first hit the headlines as an entire community struggled with the fact that they were living on top of a toxic waste dump. Within weeks, a grassroots movement forced national decision-makers to pay heed, and the community was evacuated. Love Canal entered modern mythology as one of the most notorious environmental scandals in the world. Yet, 20 years later, homes at Love Canal have been resold, and some 50,000 similar sites remain...Love Canal may never have become so widely known without the leadership of the young Niagara Falls housewife who organized her community and went on to become an international folk heroine: Lois Gibbs. In Love Canal: The Story Continues..., Gibbs gives the blow-by-blow account of how she and her fellow residents first became aware of health problems caused by 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals buried beneath the ground. Children playing barefoot in their backyards were discovered to have burned feet, and alarming numbers of neighbors were plaguedwith mysterious diseases. Faced with denial and empty reassurances from government, Gibbs persisted, and eventually 900 families were relocated.The Love Canal story was far from over, however. In this updated edition, Lois Gibbs continues the saga beyond the 1981 relocation to include the 'containment' of the contamination, the habitability studies that led to the resettlement of abandoned houses, the success of New York State's lawsuit against the company responsible, and her founding of the Citizen's Clearinghouse for Hazardous Wastes -- now at the forefront of a unique movement for environmental justice.In 1998, as people across North America remember the 20th anniversary of thisnotorious event, Love Canal: The Story Continues... will be of immense value to grassroots and community activists everywhere. Highly readable, the book will also appeal to a wide cross section, including public officials, students, and the general reader.Gibbs, Lois Marie is the author of 'Love Canal: My Story', published 1962 under ISBN 9780873955874 and ISBN 0873955870.

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