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Love Canal

During the summer of 1976, a group of angry homeowners descended on the weekly city council meeting in Niagara Falls, New York. Their gripes were not about rising taxes, trash collection, or street maintenance. Instead, they were armed with a litany of unusual complaints, including tales of sick children, dying pets, and shriveled lawns and gardens. And nasty industrial odors had permeated the basements of their homes. Ultimately, the homeowners' complaints provided the first glimpse of an environmental nightmare that awakened the nation to the risks of improper industrial waste disposal. Subsequent media coverage of these events helped raise the environmental consciousness of the nation and shape the emerging field of environmental journalism.

In the aftermath, the neighborhood known as Love Canal emerged as one of ...

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