Essay heading: A Look At Love Canal And How It Led To Superfund

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September 16, 1996






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A 16 acre rectangular canal was immediately dug. As the canal was being dug, Tesla’s AC current replaced DC and current was able to travel great distances, as it can today. This made Love’s plans obsolete and left the 16 acre Love Canal, named after William Love, without a future (Davis 112). In 1920 the Love Canal was sold to the Niagara Power and Development Corporation and used as a combination municipal dump site and swimming pool for local youths...
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Meanwhile, Love’s plans were scrapped, the Hooker Electrochemical Corporation, later known as Hooker Chemical and Plastics Corporation, set up shop in the area. In 1942, the Hooker Corporation signed an agreement with the owner’s of the Love Canal to use the canal as a waste dump. In 1946 the Hooker Corporation bought the Canal and between 1947 and 1952 dumped 43 million pounds of waste into the canal (Davis 112)...
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