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Love Hurts

Event: A hazardous waste site in Love Canal, N.Y. focused public attention on the need to strengthen environmental laws that protect human health as grassroots community activists protested government inaction and industry’s denial of responsibility. Action: The state of New York evacuates and relocates families from 239 homes. In 1980, through a federal emergency order, more than 700 additional homes are taken by the state. Connection: Sets the stage for reactionary legislation (Superfund) and starts the national debate to establish policy and legislation for environmental land transfer issues that we are still resolving today, including: establishing how “clean is clean,” environmental activism, community outreach, environmental disclosure, land use, deed restrictions, and regulatory enforcement and liability schemes. Love Canal, N.Y. was an explosive event that shocked businesses, government and local communities into a reactionary mode about environmental hazards and land transfer issues. Virtually every environmental issue that was encountered then is…Log In to Read Full Article

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