The Love Canal Sophie Albright Essay

1341 Words Dec 17th, 2015 6 Pages
Love Canal Sophie Albright The Love Canal tragedy, in 1942, caused conflict and stirred up arguments, socially, economically, and environmentally. Unwanted chemicals from various experiments and projects from different companies and groups were dumped at a waste site in Niagara Falls, New York, thinking the landfill would cause no harm. The chemicals were then, out of sight, out of mind. When the area was turned into a neighborhood, it then became evident those discarded chemicals were dangerous to the health of those around through an increase of cancer, miscarriages, birth defects, and other health complications. Many of the people living there were unable to afford moving and the government didn’t seem interested in lending a hand. The neighborhood was evacuated in 1980. While the government pitched in to help clean up the area in the end, at a cost of millions dollars, there have been long term effects for people exposed to the high levels of toxicity (Hertz, 2006). This was more of a local problem because the problems were focused in a concentrated area in New York, although it brings awareness to issues of global importance, the dangers of exposure to both known and unknown chemicals that have the potential to be hazardous. The chemicals that were dumped were unwanted waste that served no purpose, and many of the types are unknown. However, some of the chemicals known to be…

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