NY activists mark Love Canal's 35th anniversary

October 22, 2013

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) -- The woman who led efforts to investigate the industrial contamination of a western New York community has returned to her former hometown for the 35th anniversary of the environmental disaster.

In 1978, the government officially told residents in the Niagara Falls neighborhood known as Love Canal learned that they were living in a toxic zone because their homes had been built on an industrial waste site blamed for health problems suffered by many families.

Local media outlets report that Lois Gibbs joined other activists Tuesday for a walking tour of her old neighborhood to commemorate the evacuation's anniversary and to bring attention to other pollution problems in the area.

Hundreds of Love Canal resident had to move out of their homes in one of the nation's worst environmental disasters.