Love Canal 40 Years Later

Stories from the WBFO newsroom on the 40th anniversary of Love Canal being named a federal health emergency.

WNED-TV

To help mark the 40th anniversary of the emergency declaration at Love Canal, we dipped into the archives of WNED-TV for footage that captured the moment.

Video produced by Chris Thomas.

Photo from Google map

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the first emergency declaration signed by President Jimmy Carter for the toxic waste dump Love Canal in Niagara Falls.


(Photo courtesy: Courier-Express Collection, Archives and Special Collections, E.H. Butler Library, SUNY Buffalo State.)

A movement that started with scared homeowners, strange smells and a collection of health symptoms celebrates an anniversary today. Forty years after President Jimmy Carter first declared Love Canal a national health emergency, former housewife and activist Lois Gibbs looks back and realizes that the people she mobilized were the start of something a lot bigger.


Center for Environment, Health & Justice

Tuesday is the 40th anniversary of President Jimmy Carter declaring Love Canal a federal health emergency. It was the first time a man-made disaster was given that declaration. The environmental disaster was memorialized in the song "Love Canal" by the band Flipper. WBFO's Nick Lippa produced anĀ  audio postcard with remembrances from canal evacuees Luella Kenny and former Channel 2 reporter Dick Lucinski.


Center for Health, Environment & Justice

It was 40 years ago this week when federal officials declared the Love Canal neighborhood of Niagara Falls, NY a disaster area. In the first of a series of "Reporter's Notebook" stories reflecting on behind the scenes of that infamous period in Western New York history, WBFO's Mike Desmond talks with Morning Host Jay Moran about covering the story for the former Courier-Express newspaper.