Love Canal: 30 Years Later

The children of Love Canal are at twice the risk for birth defects and cancer.

Nation's Worst Chemical Disaster

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Lois Gibbs, a former resident and community leader, speaks at Love Canal to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the toxic waste landfill in 2003 in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Love Canal was America's most notorious toxic dump, where Hooker Chemical Company, now Occidental Chemical, leaked poisons from dumped waste, forcing thousands to flee their homes. She brought attention to the dangers of pollution and later found the Center for Health, Environmental and Justice. The U.S. government declared emergency evacuations of the area in 1978 and 1980, relocating more than 900 families. The U.S. government reimbursed the families for their homes, which were destroyed. But children of Love Canal say they bear the medical and psychological scars. (Harry Scull Jr./Getty Images)
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