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Limited Victory: Love Canal Reclaimed (2017)


In March 2004, The New York Times announced that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had removed the Love Canal neighbourhood of Niagara Falls, New York from the Superfund National Priorities List of contaminated chemical sites. Much of the Love Canal area, infamous among contaminated chemical sites in the United States, was declared fit for human habitation. Some phases of Love Canal’s troubled history are well-known, at least from its settlement, contamination, and abandonment. But the story needs to be developed into a more coherent, post-impressionistic whole by granting a historically appropriate place to the long and disruptive process by which federal, state, municipal, and community agencies reshaped and reclaimed for residential use one of the most symbolic and notorious physical spaces in recent American history. The final twenty-year phase of the story provides a superb illustration of both the symbiotic relationship between science and technology and politics in determining habitability and the powerful and controversial shift in American environmental policy from remediation to redevelopment of contaminated properties. Finally, a series of interviews with the returnees over several years enabled the authors to abstract the core of argument and attitude behind their central role in reviving Love Canal.

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Authors & Contributors
Samantha MacBride
Halvorson, Charles
Brian Craig
Johnson, Nick
Marianne Sullivan
Elizabeth Grennan Browning
Environmental History
Business History Review
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
Technology and Culture
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
Icon: Journal of the International Committee for the History of Technology
Rutgers University Press
University of Michigan Press
University of California Press
Oxford University Press
Oregon State University Press
Harvard University Press
Waste disposal
Environmental pollution
Hazardous Waste
Environmental history
Environmental justice
Reagan, Ronald
Carter, Jimmy
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
20th century, late
19th century
United States
New York (U.S.)
Love Canal
East Chicago, IN
Fresh Kills Landfill (New York, N.Y.)
Western states (U.S.)
United States. Environmental Protection Agency
Niagara University
Hooker Chemical Corporation

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