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OPINION
December 31, 1995
How good to hear that the Clinton administration was finally able to settle the long-standing claim against Occidental Chemical for Love Canal clean-up costs (Dec. 22). By my calculation, however, EPA head Carol Browner was still fresh out of college when her EPA predecessors were taken hostage at Love Canal by Lois Gibbs and the other "housewives from New York." Writing about Love Canal without once mentioning Gibbs and the movement she spawned is like writing about civil rights without mentioning Martin Luther King.
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MAGAZINE
May 1, 2005 | Jim Robbins, Jim Robbins is a Montana-based freelance writer. He last wrote for the magazine about the West's wild wolves.
Ghosts dwell among the living in Butte, Montana, a mining town haunted by its glory days, when the population was three times what it is now. It is haunted by the thousands of miners who died here, taking copper out of the underground tunnels with drills and dynamite. And from the viewing stand on the lip of a noxious 1,800-foot-deep mine pit that sits next to the Uptown neighborhood, it's clear that the city is also haunted by water.
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NEWS
September 25, 1986 | Associated Press
At least 175 empty houses near the Love Canal toxic waste dump will be demolished beginning this winter to make way for redevelopment, the government agency that owns the houses says. The Love Canal Revitalization Agency voted Tuesday to demolish houses west of the dump, left vacant by families that were relocated, which it has determined to be worthless. The agency said also that some of the 165 other houses it owns may be leveled next spring.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2004 | Charlotte Innes, Special to The Times
The opening words of Joyce Carol Oates' fine new novel, "The Falls," are as clipped as any legal document. "At the time unknown, unnamed, the individual who was to throw himself into the Horseshoe Falls appeared to the gatekeeper of the Goat Island Suspension Bridge at approximately 6:15 A.M." This is Oates' first and last attempt to place the reader on firm narrative ground. Before the end of the page, anxiety builds.
NATIONAL
March 18, 2004 | From Associated Press
Federal environmental officials on Wednesday proposed removing Love Canal from the Superfund list it gave rise to more than 20 years ago. The Environmental Protection Agency said cleanup work had been completed at the site, which taught an unnerving lesson about hazardous waste when chemicals buried in an abandoned canal seeped into homes built around it.
BUSINESS
June 1, 1989 | From United Press International
Occidental Chemical Corp. has for the first time agreed to take some responsibility for cleaning up chemical contamination at the Love Canal industrial dump area, officials said today. Occidental has signed a consent agreement that calls for it to take over disposal of toxic wastes excavated from two creeks near the neighborhood in nearby Niagara Falls. The agreement could save taxpayers up to $20 million, said state Environmental Conservation Commissioner Thomas Jorling.
NEWS
September 28, 1988 | Associated Press
State officials declared Tuesday that it is safe for hundreds of former residents to return to Love Canal, the neighborhood that became notorious for its chemical contamination. State Health Commissioner Dr. David Axelrod said most areas of Love Canal now contain no more chemicals than other parts of the industrial city. He said, however, that some blocks, where about 10 families lived, were still hazardous.
NEWS
February 23, 1988 | Associated Press
A federal judge today found Occidental Chemical Corp. responsible for the multimillion-dollar cost of cleaning up the Love Canal landfill that became synonymous with environmental disaster. In a victory for the state and federal governments, U.S. District Judge John T. Curtin granted a partial summary judgment, deciding that Occidental is liable under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980.
NEWS
March 18, 1994 | From Associated Press
Occidental Chemical Corp. does not have to pay New York punitive damages for the Love Canal contamination that forced hundreds of people to abandon their homes, a judge ruled Thursday. New York had sought penalties of up to $250 million from Occidental, the corporate successor to Hooker Chemicals & Plastics Corp., which dumped 22,000 tons of hazardous waste at Love Canal in the 1940s and 1950s. But U.S.
NEWS
June 25, 1987 | Associated Press
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed three options for disposing of Love Canal toxic waste, which destroyed a neighborhood built on top of it and for decades seeped into sewer systems and creeks. J. Winston Porter, EPA assistant administrator for solid waste and emergency response, said a decision will be made later this summer on disposing of the hazardous waste, which migrated from the dump through several neighborhoods.
OPINION
April 3, 2004
For several years, the infamous Love Canal has been about as clean as it's going to get. The houses adjacent to the upstate New York site have found new buyers more than two decades after toxic chemicals dumped there by industry after World War II seeped into houses and a school, leading to the creation of the Superfund to clean up this and other badly contaminated sites across the nation. The Love Canal toxins have long been capped and vented; all that remains is continued monitoring.
NATIONAL
March 18, 2004 | From Associated Press
Federal environmental officials on Wednesday proposed removing Love Canal from the Superfund list it gave rise to more than 20 years ago. The Environmental Protection Agency said cleanup work had been completed at the site, which taught an unnerving lesson about hazardous waste when chemicals buried in an abandoned canal seeped into homes built around it.
NEWS
August 10, 2003 | Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press Writer
Twenty-five years ago, an underground cauldron of chemical soup bubbled into backyards and basements from an abandoned canal. Some 800 families were evacuated, 300 homes demolished. The discovery ignited fears of cancer and birth defects, gave rise to the Superfund law that governs environmental cleanups, and forever linked one name to toxic disasters: Love Canal. Today, parts of Love Canal are thriving. Pristine houses sit behind manicured lawns and pots of bright red geraniums.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2000 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lois Pilot, the Orange County woman whose autistic child inspired her to become an advocate for the rights of children with that disease, has died of complications from breast cancer. Pilot, of San Clemente, was 37. "She was great," her husband, Kevin, said Wednesday. "She was the kind of person who, whenever she met somebody, they would always remember her. She was a very caring person, very loving, always doing things for other people." Born in Cinaminson, N.J.
NEWS
July 20, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Occidental Chemical Corp. and Olin Corp. reached a $7.1-million settlement in the last of four cases in the Love Canal area of Niagara Falls, N.Y., the site of one of the most famous U.S. toxic waste disasters. For cleanup costs, the companies will reimburse the federal government $6 million and the state of New York $610,000, and will pay $500,000 for damaging natural resources, federal and state agencies said in Washington, D.C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1998
Re "Bargain Hard on Projects," editorial, Oct. 4. Here we go again. The public gets ripped off in yet another savings and loan scandal by paying $27.5 million for the Ahmanson Ranch one-sided development deal. Why is the public footing the bill for a multibillion-dollar corporation's proposed development of a new city in zoned open space? Our group, Save Open Space, doesn't buy into the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy's philosophy that you have to destroy open space to save it. According to its own documents, obtained by a public records act request, the conservancy is accepting the liability for any and all contaminants on the Ahmanson Ranch open space property.
NEWS
February 24, 1988
A federal judge ruled that Occidental Chemical Corp. is liable for the multimillion-dollar cost of cleaning up the Love Canal landfill at Niagara Falls, N.Y. After nine years of deliberations, U.S. District Judge John Curtin said Occidental produced the wastes that created the environmental problem and stored them in a way that would eventually result in toxic leakage.
NEWS
August 15, 1990 | From Associated Press
A state agency today put nine homes up for sale near the Love Canal chemical dump and said the neighborhood bought up by the government in the 1970s is safe--but with no guarantees. The homes have been rigorously tested and are as safe as any in Niagara Falls, said William L. Broderick, executive director of the Love Canal Area Revitalization Agency. But he said it was impossible to guarantee that the toxic chemical leaks that once drove 2,500 people from the neighborhood would not recur.
NEWS
August 11, 1998 | LIBBY INGRID COPELAND, WASHINGTON POST
In a simple linen dress and brown sandals, she seems girlishly fragile for a moment. But she speaks with an articulate intensity you'd be hard pressed to challenge. She is all fervency: that deep voice, those startling green eyes. "If we're going to take our country back," she starts to say, and you know that for Lois Gibbs, "we" is the little people, and "they" are big business and big government. This is a war.
OPINION
December 31, 1995
How good to hear that the Clinton administration was finally able to settle the long-standing claim against Occidental Chemical for Love Canal clean-up costs (Dec. 22). By my calculation, however, EPA head Carol Browner was still fresh out of college when her EPA predecessors were taken hostage at Love Canal by Lois Gibbs and the other "housewives from New York." Writing about Love Canal without once mentioning Gibbs and the movement she spawned is like writing about civil rights without mentioning Martin Luther King.
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