Presentation on theme: "Love Canal Risks of Chemical Waste. Dangers of Toxic Waste This case brought awareness of environmental issues related to chemical disposal. Read the."— Presentation transcript:
Dangers of Toxic Waste This case brought awareness of environmental issues related to chemical disposal. Read the articles provided by teacher Create a timeline of events from the article.
It started as a dream in 1910 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.
From Dream to Nightmare 1920s 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 1930s. Between 1942-1953 Hooker Chemical buried 22,000 tons of chemical wastes in barrels.
1950s -- A Good Buy? 1953- When the site was filled, it was covered over with dirt and sold to the city for $1. Late 50s -100 homes and a school were built at the site.
1960s The Crisis Begins Karen Schroeder, 2 nd generation resident of the Love Canal community, gave birth to her third child on November 21, 1968.
Birth Defects …The baby, Sheri, was born with a hole in her heart, which beat irregularly. She also had bony growths blocking her nose partial deafness, deformed ears cleft palate mentally retarded 2 rows of teeth on lower jaw Enlarged liver
This isnt baby Sheri but these are babies with a cleft palate.
. Trees and gardens were turning black and dying Puddles of noxious substances in their yards and basements and on the school grounds The air had a faint, choking smell. Children returned from play with burns on their hands and faces. 1970s – Nightmare
After record amount of rainfall, 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. 1970s – Nightmare
Late 70s – Getting Help October 1976- 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.
1978 – More Help August 1 st – leading story in New York Times State commissioner declared a state of emergency- closed school & ordered evacuation. (pregnant women and babies evacuated first)