Love Canal

There are 21,800 tons of toxic waste buried in Love Canal. Government agencies insist that it’s still a safe place to live, and have actually spent tremendous amounts of money upgrading the neighborhood around it to attract residents. Some of them disagree about the safety and have filed a $113 million class action lawsuit alleging that the pollution is not remediated and that it is causing health problems.

I’m torn. On the one hand, I understand that these people are upset and that there very well may still be contamination in these homes, no matter what the government says. On the other, who thinks buying a house in Love Canal is a good idea!? What’s next? Bhopal Estates Patio Homes? The New Chernobyl Retirement Community? What the hell are these people thinking?

6 Responses to “Love Canal”

  1. Pitt says:

    Three Mile Island was going to host a 5K, until they realized they were about 530 feet short.

  2. Pitt says:

    On the plus side, I hear the gardeners in Bhopal don’t have much of an insect problem. English people love to garden, right? Sounds like the perfect mash- up of “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and “Koyaanisqatsi”.

  3. BrianN says:

    I know it’s not really on topic, but Buffalo news needs to send it’s reporters to take at least one science course. It’s kind of embarrassing. Apparently there is only one non-aqueous liquid and it’s poisonous. So much for my vegetable oil, I guess it’s just an aqueous liquid that forgot to pick up some decent polarity?

    I wonder if this is the same reporter that couldn’t understand a graph because it didn’t have numbers, and complained about the fact that more sciencey sounding reports have some sort of “T-scores” or something like that. Can’t we get some of them T-scores.

  4. matt says:

    Must be all that “critical thinking” you pick up in the humanities courses in J-school.

  5. BrianN says:

    I guess googling terms would be too critical and not enough thinking?

  6. Pitt says:

    Why does this:

    ” the levels are within acceptable limits for properties near a remedial cleanup site, the state says.”

    Not give me a warm, fuzzy, everything’s-going-to-be-all-right feeling?

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