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Love Canal Tragedy Remembered Decades Later As History Repeats Itself In Riverview Florida

Love Canal Tragedy Remembered Decades Later As History Repeats Itself In Riverview Florida

Love Canal Toxic Waste Seeps Up
Love Canal Toxic Waste Began Surfacing From Underground After Heavy Rainfall

Love Canal became the subject of national and international attention after it was revealed in the press that the site had formerly been used to bury 22,000 tons of toxic waste by Hooker Chemical Company (now Occidental Petroleum Corporation).

The city of Niagara Falls began using the land as a landfill for chemical waste disposal and later the U.S. Army began burying waste from chemical warfare experiments. The Hooker Chemical and Plastics Corporation acquired the use of the site for private use in 1947 and buried 21,000 tons of toxic waste there over the next five years. After the site was filled, Hooker sold the Love Canal for one dollar to the Niagara Falls School Board in 1953, and the land was approved for residential use.

Thirty-five years after Love Canal became a symbol of the dangers of toxic waste in residential neighborhoods, the legal and medical issues there are still playing out.” (as will happen with Riverview)…

Did the EPA learn NOTHING from The Love Canal tragedy? Did they “forget”? Or, are they just sellouts of humanity that don’t care as long as it doesn’t affect their families, while being paid off to turn a blind eye until the point where it can no longer be ignored with a subsequent bigger payoff in the form of a monetary “fine”, a mere slap on the wrist to the repeat offender while ignoring their repetitive careless contamination? These are questions that should be PUBLICLY ASKED of the EPA regarding their complicity in allowing land developers, (consisting of attorneys who know how to skirt the law), to have built a residential community on a similar toxic waste site in Riverview, Florida, ignoring the deadly consequences (until it becomes profitable not to).

Love Canal School
Source: Environmental Research Foundation

To understand the ongoing battle in Riverview, it is important to fully comprehend the tragedy at the Love Canal. This heartfelt and thorough assessment By Eckardt C. Beck, Administrator of EPA Region 2, 1977-1979, was found on the EPA’s own website. Yet, to this day, the Love Canal has subsequently been swept under the rug again, as history repeats itself in Riverview, Florida.

The Love Canal Tragedy

by Eckardt C. Beck
EPA Journal – January 1979

Quite simply, Love Canal is one of the most appalling environmental tragedies in American history.

But that’s not the most disturbing fact.

What is worse is that it cannot be regarded as an isolated event. It could happen again–anywhere in this country–unless we move expeditiously to prevent it.

It is a cruel irony that Love Canal was originally meant to be a dream community. That vision belonged to the man for whom the three-block tract of land on the eastern edge of Niagara Falls, New York, was named–William T. Love.

Love felt that by digging a short canal between the upper and lower Niagara Rivers, power could be generated cheaply to fuel the industry and homes of his would-be model city.

But despite considerable backing, Love’s project was unable to endure the one-two punch of fluctuations in the economy and Nikola Tesla’s discovery of how to economically transmit electricity over great distances by means of an alternating current.

By 1910, the dream was shattered. All that was left to commemorate Love’s hope was a partial ditch where construction of the canal had begun.

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In the 1920s the seeds of a genuine nightmare were planted. The canal was turned into a municipal and industrial chemical dump-site.

Landfills can of course be an environmentally acceptable method of hazardous waste disposal, assuming they are properly sited, managed, and regulated. Love Canal will always remain a perfect historical example of how not to run such an operation.

In 1953, the Hooker Chemical Company, then the owners and operators of the property, covered the canal with earth and sold it to the city for one dollar.

It was a bad buy.

In the late ’50s, about 100 homes and a school were built at the site. Perhaps it wasn’t William T. Love’s model city, but it was a solid, working-class community. For a while.

On the first day of August, 1978, the lead paragraph of a front-page story in the New York Times read:

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y.–Twenty five years after the Hooker Chemical Company stopped using the Love Canal here as an industrial dump, 82 different compounds, 11 of them suspected carcinogens, have been percolating upward through the soil, their drum containers rotting and leaching their contents into the backyards and basements of 100 homes and a public school built on the banks of the canal.

In an article prepared for the February, 1978 EPA Journal, I wrote, regarding chemical dump-sites in general, that “even though some of these landfills have been closed down, they may stand like ticking time bombs.” Just months later, Love Canal exploded.

The explosion was triggered by a record amount of rainfall. Shortly thereafter, the leaching began.

I visited the canal area at that time. Corroding waste-disposal drums could be seen breaking up through the grounds of backyards. Trees and gardens were turning black and dying. One entire swimming pool had been had been popped up from its foundation, afloat now on a small sea of chemicals. Puddles of noxious substances were pointed out to me by the residents. Some of these puddles were in their yards, some were in their basements, others yet were on the school grounds. Everywhere the air had a faint, choking smell. Children returned from play with burns on their hands and faces…

Love Canal School Closure

And then there were the birth defects. The New York State Health Department is continuing an investigation into a disturbingly high rate of miscarriages, along with five birth-defect cases detected thus far in the area.

RIVERVIEW, FLORIDA – PRESENT DAY

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BP – Deceiving The Public About Geo Engineering

BP – Deceiving The Public About Geo Engineering

BP - Deceiving The Public About Geoengineering
“Gulf Oil Spill” – Ocean Portal Team, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (click photo)

“We decided to change our name to “Beyond Petroleum” because it isn’t just land and sea that we destroy with our unsustainable oil drilling, exploitation, and depletion of finite natural resources, we also do our best to destroy the sky, climate, and ozone layer, damage people’s health, and wipe out wildlife”…

The above quote ought to be BP’s so called “green” slogan… Green as in ill, not earth friendly.

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Click Orange Link For Article: BP Bids $42 Million For NEW Gulf of Mexico Drilling leases (as if they haven’t done enough damage to the Gulf already)

How much disinformation are we routinely being fed in the mainstream? PR (public relations) and marketing companies downplay disinformation by referring to it as a “spin”, or an “image”, but in reality, it’s a lie. In other words, an intentional tactic of deceit designed to be a gross propagandized manipulation to influence public opinion for the sole purpose of furthering the agenda and profit margin of corporate profiteers, with no consideration to any future health or environmental impact. Let’s take a look at “it” in action, using “big oil” company, BP, as an example. Remember when they changed their name from “British Petroleum” to “Beyond Petroleum”? Nice marketing “spin”, BP, not transparent at all. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2008/nov/20/fossilfuels-energy (if the links do not open in a separate window, use your browser’s back button to return).

BP’s catastrophic Deepwater Horizon Gulf Coast spill recently hit its 4 year mark. Did aerially sprayed chemical dispersant “Corexit” solve the problem, or have long term damages been swept under the rug? This is an informative blog from 2010, with input and comments by actual Gulf residents about the extreme toxicity of “Corexit”: http://summerburkes.com/2010/07/corexit-and-agent-orange-not-so-different-just-ask-monsanto/

For a current status of the Gulf, here is a detailed update entitled, “Four Years After The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, The Gulf Is Still Suffering“, (but grab a box of tissues first, I cried while reading this): http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/04/20/3428269/bp-oil-spill-four-year-anniversary/

Oil Spill Shore
“Chemical Dispersant Made BP Oil Spill 52 Times More Toxic” – Mother Jones (click photo)

If we take some time and start connecting the dots, the smoke begins to lift and the connections become clear. Monsanto, (Bill Gates, Monsanto shareholder, funds climate engineering research 2010): http://news.sciencemag.org/2010/01/bill-gates-funding-geoengineering-research), Nalco/Monsanto VP/CFO Carl Casale, and Nalco’s nanotech chemical, “Corexit“, used in the BP Deepwater Horizon spill “clean up”. According to this detailed declaration of accountability with several verifiable references, BP is nothing short of a criminal entity: http://declarationofaccountability.com/problems-and-solutions/gulf-accountability   The images of BP’s devastation to the Gulf of Mexico are absolutely heartbreaking.

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“A Deadly Toll: The Gulf Oil Spill and the Unfolding Wildlife Disaster” – Center for Biological Diversity (click photo for article)

The revolving door keeps on “spinning”, this is Carl Casale’s Forbes Magazine profile: “On October 31, 2013, the board of directors of Ecolab Inc. announced that it has appointed Carl M. Casale to the Ecolab board effective December 5, 2013. Since 2011, Mr. Casale, age 52, has been president and chief executive officer of CHS Inc., (CHS Inc. is a Fortune 100 business owned by US agricultural coops). Previously he spent 26 years with Monsanto Company in various management positions before being named Monsanto’s Chief Financial Officer in 2009. He was a member of the board of directors of Nalco Holding Company from 2008 until its merger with Ecolab in 2011“.–

“Eco-lab”? The name alone is an intentional disinformation “spin” since it’s designed to conjure up the notion that this company is ecology minded, when in fact, that couldn’t be further from the truth. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2012-11-28/ecolab-s-nalco-dismissed-from-lawsuits-over-2010-bp-spill

Ecolab, (formerly known as Nalco, manufacturer of toxic “Corexit“), self description: “A trusted partner at more than one million customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. With 2013 sales of $13 billion and 45,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world“.–

-CONVERSELY-

This is an excerpt from a Takepart article entitiled, Corexit: An Oil Spill Solution Worse Than the Problem?” “Kolian, 51, is convinced that his illnesses were triggered by a chemical product designed to disperse petroleum in water, a substance euphemistically marketed as Corexit. Now, three years after the disaster that left some 210 million gallons of Louisiana crude and 1.8 million gallons of dispersant in the Gulf of Mexico, a growing body of evidence supports his contentions“: http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/04/17/corexit-deepwater-horizon-oil-spill

“Corexit” makers are claiming to be a leader in “sustainability and food safety“? That sounds about as believable as the Monsanto “spin” of “feeding the world”, while patenting nature, bullying farmers, dominating the global market, and systematically destroying our organic crops, soil, and future sustainability, with their genetic mutations and warfare herbicide.

Corexit Plane
Click Orange Link For Article: GULF OIL DISASTER FIVE YEARS LATER

BP is included among the big oil companies notorious for funding “climate denial”, (along with the Koch brothers, except when they profited from Koch Weather Derivatives, of course): http://exiledonline.com/the-koch-brothers-dark-lords-of-derivatives/  and Exxon, (while openly calling climate change an “engineering problem”), http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/27/us-exxon-climate-idUSBRE85Q1C820120627, et. al, http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/who-funds-contrariness-on/   Yet, when we dig a little deeper, we find that BP is simultaneously on the list of acknowledgements in Climatic Research Unit, “one of the most popular sources of climate research and data“: http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/about-cru/history

Also, according to this ETC Group GeoMap, BP is first on the list of participants in a climate engineering program of “greenhouse gas mitigation”! http://www.etcgroup.org/files/PDFs/GeoMap-References.pdf So, BP, which is it, are you a climate science denier or a climate science supporter? Make a choice, you can’t be BOTH.

And now, after all of that, BP has a drone?! “FAA Green Lights BP Drone“: http://www.usnews.com/news/newsgram/articles/2014/06/10/faa-green-lights-bp-drone   Excerpt: “The Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday that permission for the first commercial drone flights over U.S. soil had been granted to BP energy company and drone-builder AeroVironment“. — Connect the dots: http://coloradopublicbanking.blogspot.com/2013/10/weather-modification-climate-change.html

Also: Exxon Under Investigation For Possible Climate Lies

Our world has many ills, but unless we dare to look beyond the heavy veil of disinformation and see clear to prioritize, and address the most urgent issue of global climate engineering programs being funded and politically manipulated by BIG OIL, coal, biotech (big ag), et al., we’re wasting our time.

No matter where you may stand on the “climate debate”, the bottom line is, if we do not put our energy into saving our atmosphere, nothing else is going to matter because our planet will be rendered uninhabitable and all life, including the human species, will cease to exist.

Planet earth’s poor stewardship at our hands may naturally heal over time if we stop allowing industrialized pollution to run unabated and start cleaning up our mess; however, in the meantime “we” will have been successful in perpetuating chaos, suffering, and mass extinction… For what? A few measly bucks?

 

–Updated January 26, 2016

 

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