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

Remembering the 'slow-motion disaster' that was Love Canal

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 an  audio postcard with remembrances from canal evacuees Luella Kenny and former Channel 2 reporter Dick Lucinski.

Kenny lost her son during at the age of seven and contributes the toxic chemicals in her yard to his death. When her family evacuated the house, they spent over a year at hotels.

Luella Kenny talks about what it was like living out of a hotel during the events of Love Canal 40 years ago.

Lucinski had an interesting interview with a Soviet Union "journalist" who happened to be covering Love Canal. The international appeal of the story had many different organizations asking questions.

While reporting on Love Canal for Channel 2, Lucinski saw a lot--including some international government officials, decades before "Russian meddling" became a term.

Some Love Canal area neighbors--and even others 6 miles away near a  landfill in Wheatfield -  say that the Canal hazardous wastes are still a health issue. PBS Newshour has their story:

Nick Lippa leads our Arts & Culture Coverage, and is also the lead reporter for the station's Mental Health Initiative, profiling the struggles and triumphs of those who battle mental health issues and the related stigma that can come from it.
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