Discard Studies

Creager on Newman, ‘Love Canal: A Toxic History from Colonial Times to the Present’ [review]

Richard S. Newman.Love Canal: A Toxic History from Colonial Times to the Present. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. xvii + 306 pp. $29.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-19-537483-4.Reviewed by Angela Creager (Princeton University)
Published on H-Environment (March, 2017)
Commissioned by David T. Benac

Richard S. Newman’s recent book offers a new history of Love Canal, the neighborhood near Niagara Falls that became notoriously contaminated by buried chemical waste. As residents became aware of the leaching chemicals and associated health risks, they organized to investigate the problems and demand government action. Following widespread media coverage, the state and federal governments began evacuating residents of the subdivision, and the Environmental Protection Agency designated Love Canal as the first Superfund Site for remediation. Over the course of just a few months in the summer of 1978, Love…

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