Love Canal

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Love Canal at Niagra Falls was an unfinished canal which had become an industrial waste site which leaked chemicals whenever it rained.

The owners gave it to the New York Education Department, which had then on-sold various parts as housing estates. After 30 years of indiscriminate dumping and regular reports of seepages and odours, a local reporter began an investigation of possible links between the contamination and resident illnesses. In 1976 toxicology consultants (Calspan Corp. -- an ex-Defence-related general lab group associated with Cornell University) reported serious contamination by dioxins.

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  CERCLA the main Superfund law.
  Superfund the clean-up projects
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After many years of scandal, eventually 800 families were relocated.

This led to the passage of CERCLA and SARA laws and the Superfund cleanups.