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Love Canal toxic waste is subject of new round of suits

Posted Nov 8, 2013 12:17 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Six families who moved into the Love Canal neighborhood in Niagara Falls after a chemical cleanup have filed lawsuits claiming they suffered health consequences because the remediation was inadequate.

Notice has been given that an additional 1,100 claims could be filed, the Associated Press reports. “Thirty-five years after Love Canal’s oozing toxic waste scared away a neighborhood and became a symbol of environmental catastrophe,” the story says, “history could be repeating itself.”

A defendant, Occidental Petroleum Corp., says in a statement that the containment system is working, and it protects health and safety. The company purchased the Hooker Chemical Co., which dumped hazardous waste into the abandoned canal.

Prior coverage:

Buffalo News: “$113 million Love Canal lawsuit: Is history repeating itself?”

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