Title:Love Canal: The Story Continues Author(s): By Lois Marie Gibbs Price: $11.87 (Paperback) Buy it!
In 1978, Love Canal first hit the headlines as an entire community struggled with the fact that they were living on top of a toxic waste dump. Within weeks, a grassroots movement forced national decision-makers to evacuate the community. Yet, 20 years later, homes at Love Canal have been resold, and some 50,000 similar sites remain. In Love Canal: The Story Continues...., Gibbs gives the blow-by-blow account of how she and her follow residents first became aware of the health problems caused by 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals buried beneath the ground. She continues the saga beyond the 1981 relocation to include the 'containment' of the contamination, the habitability studies that led to the resettlement of abandoned houses, the success of New York State's lawsuit against the company responsible, and her founding of the Citizens Clearinghouse for Hazardous Waste-now the Center For Health, Environment and Justice. As people across North America remember the 20th anniversary of this notorious event, Love Canal: The Story Continues... will be of immense value to grassroots and community activists everywhere. Highly readable, the book will also appeal to a wide cross section, including public officials, policy makers, students and the general reader.