Presentation on theme: "Risks of Chemical Waste"— Presentation transcript:
1 Risks of Chemical Waste Love CanalRisks of Chemical Waste
2 Dangers of Toxic WasteThis case brought awareness of environmental issues related to chemical disposal.Read the articles provided by teacherCreate a timeline of events from the article.
3 A man named William Love wanted to create hydro-electric power near Niagara Falls by digging a ditch (canal) between the 2 rivers.The project ran out of money before it was completed.What was left was just a big hole in the ground.It started as a dream in 1910
4 From Dream to Nightmare 1920’s the canal was turned into a municipal and industrial chemical dumpsite.The Hooker Chemical Company began using the abandoned canal as a chemical disposal dump in the 1930’s.Between Hooker Chemical buried 22,000 tons of chemical wastes in barrels.
5 1950’s -- A Good Buy?1953- When the site was filled, it was covered over with dirt and sold to the city for $1.Late 50’s -100 homes and a school were built at the site.
6 1960’s The Crisis BeginsKaren Schroeder, 2nd generation resident of the Love Canal community, gave birth to her third child on November 21, 1968.
7 Birth Defects…The baby, Sheri, was born with a hole in her heart, which beat irregularly.She also had bony growths blocking her nosepartial deafness, deformed earscleft palatementally retarded2 rows of teeth on lower jawEnlarged liver
8 This isn’t baby Sheri but these are babies with a cleft palate.
9 1970’s – Nightmare . Trees and gardens were turning black and dying Puddles of noxious substances in their yards and basements and on the school groundsThe air had a faint, choking smell.Children returned from play with burns on their hands and faces.
10 rainfall, leaching began. 1970’s – NightmareAfter record amount ofrainfall, leaching began.Corroding waste-disposal drums could be seen breaking up through the grounds of backyards.One entire swimming pool had been popped up from its foundation, afloat now on a small sea of chemicals.
12 Late 70’s – Getting HelpOctober Niagara Gazette reports harm to humans, pets & plant life.EPA and county health dept began to take notice and test soil, water, air & take blood samples from residents.
13 1978 – More Help August 1st – leading story in New York Times State commissioner declared a state of emergency- closed school & ordered evacuation. (pregnant women and babies evacuated first)