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April 28, 2013

Love Canal suit tied to 2011 sewer work

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Johnson said the city’s law department has received in excess of 700 notices of claim tied to Love Canal, with the bulk of them generated out of the law office of Phillips & Paolicelli.  

“The nature of the claims that have been filed have all been pretty generic,” Johnson said. 

Love Canal drew nationwide attention back in the early 1970s when residents began complaining about the presence of chemicals leaching into their homes and the old 93rd Street Elementary School. Exposure to the chemicals prompted health concerns among Love Canal residents and led to the declaration of a federal state of emergency in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter.

In the years that followed, more than 950 families were relocated from the neighborhood and 350 homes were demolished. In 1990, the Love Canal Revitalization Agency renamed the neighborhood Black Creek Village as part of an effort to resettle the area. The plaintiff’s attorneys say about 260 homes were sold in the neighborhood since. 

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