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Video 006: Lois Gibbs On Love Canal, Part III (The Final Chapter)

Description:
In this sixth video installment, Lois Gibbs tells how the Love Canal story came to an end after two years of hard work and lots of frustration. She describes how The Homeowner's Association learned they had to wage their fight politically and through use of media, rather than with science. She also explains why they took two EPA officials hostage and how the federal government finally agreed to relocate all families at Love Canal, the first time the U.S. government took responsibility for a large-scale toxic exposure.

Keywords: common knowledge of area, sue, leak detection systems, poison, political fight, chromosome damage, hostage, fire, White House, President Carter, countdown, October 1, 1980, media circus, framing the issue, mortgage, financially tied, Love Canal today.


Running time: 17:55 minutes


Video 005: Lois Gibbs On Love Canal, Part II

Description:
In this fifth video installment, Lois Gibbs speaks more about the Love Canal and the Homeowner's Association that she helped to form and for which she was President. This group fought -- and eventually won -- the battle to relocate Love Canal residents who were living in danger on top of the 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals. In this segment, Lois explains in more detail what those chemicals are, where they came from and how the Homeowner's Association conducted health studies in absence of responsive government.

Keywords: Love Canal Homeowner's Association, Albany, NY, organize, majority rule, housewife data, science, health survey, clusters, old timers, nail polish chemical, 220 chemicals, benzene, dry cleaning chemicals, dioxin, pesticides, lindane, hot rocks, phosphorous, chemical soup.


Running time: 10:35 minutes


Video 004: Lois Gibbs On Love Canal, Part I

Description:
In this fourth video installment, Lois Gibbs speaks about the beginnings of Love Canal. In the mid-1970s, Lois moved into what looked like the perfect neighborhood near Buffalo, New York, with her husband and two small children. Several years later she discovered that her neighborhood had a dirty secret, which was making her son, Michael, sick and would dramatically change the rest of her life.

Keywords:
Love Canal, 20,000 tons of chemicals, hazardous waste, SUNY Buffalo, Niagara Falls, school board, door-to-door, dollar deal, Occidental Petroleum, William T. Love, Hooker Chemical Corporation, sanitary landfill, Manhattan Project, chemical warfare, over 200 chemicals, containment, birth defects, crib death, hysterectomy, miscarriages.

Running time: 10:10 minutes


Video 003: Lois Gibbs On Superfund, Part III

Description:
In this third video installment, Lois Gibbs speaks generally about Superfund and the problems she sees with the U.S. approach to toxic contamination cleanup today. She explains her frustration with the EPA and describes her current work to advance environmental justice and protect human health from corporations' toxic messes.

Keywords:
class, race, missed opportunities, cancer alley, PVC, lifecycle of contaminants, EPA, Freedom of Information Act requests, old story.

Running time: 5:15 minutes


Video 002: Lois Gibbs On Superfund, Part II

Description:
In this second video installment, Lois Gibbs describes several communities in the U.S. that have been directly impacted by toxic exposure. She tells the stories of two Superfund sites: Worburn, MA and Pensacola, FL. She also speaks about the Kodak facility in Rochester, NY and the high rates of brain cancer found in Monroe County.

Keywords:
Woburn, MA; Anne Anderson; contaminanted drinking water; leukemia; measel map; random clustering; brain cancer; Rochester, NY; Kodak; Pensacola, FL; dioxin; wood treatment plant; Mount Dioxin; low-income; African American; relocation; roots; President Clinton; Hilary Clinton.

Running time: 9:10 minutes

 

Video 001: Lois Gibbs On Superfund, Part I

Description:
In this first video installment, Lois Marie Gibbs discusses Superfund and its history. Ms. Gibbs has been involved in organizing communities to move government to take care of and pay for toxic cleanup for 30 years. She started in 1978 in her own neighborhood in Niagara Falls, NY. This campaign is what became Love Canal.

Keywords:
Superfund, toxic waste legacy, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagen, Hazardous Ranking System (HRS) score, polluter pays tax, cheese pizza, joint liability, triple damages, responsible parties.

Running time: 10:10 minutes