800 Love Canals: "Toxic Legacy's Time Bomb"

"Nearly 800 hazardous waste sites are located in Erie, Niagara and Cattaraugus counties, and the majority of them are a threat to the largest source of fresh water in the world – the Great Lakes."

"Thirty-five years after underground toxics turned the Niagara Falls neighborhood of Love Canal into a ghost town, researchers are warning that Western New York is still home to nearly 800 hazardous waste sites that could someday lead to big trouble, not only for local residents, but for the entire Great Lakes region.

A recently completed study, believed to be the most comprehensive look ever at hazardous waste sites in Western New York, finds potential chemical hazards lurking across Erie, Niagara and Cattaraugus counties."

Dan Herbeck and T.J. Pignataro report for the Buffalo News April 20, 2013, in the first part of a three-part series.


Part 2: "As Activists Try To Shut Landfill, CWM Ponders Expansion" (Buffalo News)

Part 3: "WNY’s Most Toxic Site Defies U.S. Effort, Threatens Water" (Buffalo News)

Source: Buffalo News, 04/23/2013