Richard Newman

Oxford University Press

It has been almost 40 years since Love Canal seeped into the public consciousness and as local residents know, neither the chemicals nor the story have gone away. In his new book, "Love Canal: A Toxic History from Colonial Times to the Present," Richard Newman looks back to the days when the canal was dug.

After learning of the toxic waste that surrounded their homes, Love Canal residents began protests that captured national attention. Historian Richard Newman believes their efforts have had a lasting impact on the environment.