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Love Canal lawsuits back in court in May

Love Canal from above.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The Love Canal Superfund site.

Long-pending lawsuits stemming from toxic waste contamination in Niagara Falls' notorious Love Canal neighborhood have a new court date in May.

The Buffalo News reports a federal appeals court in New York City will hear arguments in early May on whether 19 pending lawsuits should be heard in state or federal court.

The suits stem from a 2011 incident in which sewer repair crews struck contaminated waste in the area.

Love Canal was the site of a landfill where massive contamination occurred in the 1970s, causing health and property damage.

The current suits claim a containment structure built in the 1980s to store toxic waste has leaked.

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