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Following disclosure of toxic dumping in a site that later became residential, the case of Love Canal demonstrated the hazards of buried and long-forgotten toxic chemicals, galvanized grassroots environmental action, and became the paradigmatic case for the control and management of brownfield sites. It also put working people and mothers at the center of environmental action, setting a precedent for environmental justice activity in the decades that followed.

The Love Canal is a neighborhood in the southeast district of Niagara Falls, New York, named for 19th century entrepreneur William T. Love. Love obtained the area approximately four miles upstream from the falls in 1892, hoping to harness water to generate power to the number of industries developing on the seven-mile stretch of the river to ...

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