August 14, 1990 |
Joseph E. Ceretto has found his dream house. He speaks rapturously of its beautiful woodwork, ample basement and fireplace. He notes its proximity to parks, baseball diamonds, churches and a major shopping mall. As if all that were not enough, the three-bedroom, ranch-style house is selling for about 20% below the prices he would expect to pay elsewhere in Niagara Falls. "It's really an excellent home," says the 28-year-old substitute teacher, who is single and living with his parents.
August 11, 1998 |
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.
June 2, 1989
Occidental Chemical Corp. has for the first time agreed to take some responsibility for cleaning up chemical contamination at the old Love Canal industrial dump area, officials said. 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 Niagara Falls, N.Y. An Occidental subsidiary, Hooker Chemical Co., used an abandoned waterway project as a chemical dump in the 1940s. Homes were built on the covered-over dump in the 1960s.
September 11, 1990 |
A Niagara Falls, N.Y., judge ruled that the sale of homes in the Love Canal chemical dump area may proceed, rejecting a bid by environmental and community groups to block the sales. State Justice Joseph Mintz lifted an injunction he imposed four years ago that forbade selling the homes until the state Health Department had studied whether the area was habitable. That study, finished last year, said contamination in a part of the area was no worse than in other parts of Niagara Falls.
July 20, 1999 |
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.