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The cuyahoga river runs north for 100 miles in northeastern Ohio before emptying into Lake Erie. The river flows through areas of heavy industry and high population densities, especially in its last 40 miles. The negative effects of industrial wastes spilled into the river have been devastating. The river surface was literally set aflame in 1936 when sparks from a blow torch set fire to oils and material on the surface. Although the incident was widely noted at the time, remedial action to any significant degree was negligible. In 1952, boats on the river and an office building were also set aflame. Further destruction occurred in the 1960s as the river continued to serve as a refuse dump for industrial wastes, flammable oils and other ...

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