Study Suggests U.S. Military Dumped Dangerous Chemicals in Love Canal

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Source:
NBC Nightly News
Creator:
John Chancellor/Robert Hager
Event Date:
05/29/1980
Air/Publish Date:
05/29/1980
Resource Type:
Video News Report
Copyright:
NBCUniversal Media, LLC.
Copyright Date:
1980
Clip Length:
00:01:57

Description

The contamination at Love Canal near Niagara Falls, New York may be greater than previously reported. A New York State study says the area effected is bigger, the dumping has been going on longer, and that more people may be in danger than what was once believed.

Citation

MLA

"Study Suggests U.S. Military Dumped Dangerous Chemicals in Love Canal." Robert Hager, correspondent. NBC Nightly News. NBCUniversal Media. 29 May 1980. NBC Learn. Web. 19 August 2017.

APA

Hager, R. (Reporter), & Chancellor, J. (Anchor). (1980, May 29). Study Suggests U.S. Military Dumped Dangerous Chemicals in Love Canal. [Television series episode]. NBC Nightly News. Retrieved from https://archives.nbclearn.com/portal/site/k-12/browse/?cuecard=52792

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"Study Suggests U.S. Military Dumped Dangerous Chemicals in Love Canal" NBC Nightly News, New York, NY: NBC Universal, 05/29/1980. Accessed Sat Aug 19 2017 from NBC Learn: https://archives.nbclearn.com/portal/site/k-12/browse/?cuecard=52792

Transcript

Study Suggests U.S. Military Dumped Dangerous Chemicals in Love Canal

JOHN CHANCELLOR, anchor:

The contamination at Love Canal near Niagara Falls may be greater than previously reported. A New York State study released today said the area affected is bigger, that the dumping of hazardous waste has been going on longer, and that more people may be in danger than had been believed. It also said some of the dumping had been done by United States military units. A report from Robert Hager.

ROBERT HAGER reporting:

A task force of the New York legislature charged that Hooker Chemical may not have been the only one dumping at Love Canal. It said there’s evidence the U.S. military dumped dangerous wastes there in the 1940s and that some of the wastes could have come from nuclear projects. It said that dumping may have occurred elsewhere, too, north of the canal at nearby Lewiston, and south along the Niagara River. In Washington, New York Senator Javits reacted quickly.

Sen. JACOB JAVITS (R—New York): We need the whole thing like a hole in the head. But we’ve got it, we’re stuck with it, and it certainly buttresses the governor’s case that the Feds have to really kick in here.

HAGER: But federal officials do not believe the government dumped dangerous wastes in the area, an interagency study last year found no evidence of it, a Pentagon study in 1978 also found no evidence of dangerous dumping. And the assistant secretary who supervised that study talked today.

GEORGE MARIENTHAL (Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary): I would personally be very surprised to find that there was new evidence to come to light that showed that the Department of Defense was now involved in inappropriate disposal of hazardous waste in the Love Canal area.

HAGER: Nevertheless, federal officials may reopen their own investigation into whether there was any federal dumping in the area. But they’re skeptical of the charges coming from the New York State assembly just as the two governments are negotiating over how much each should pay for relocating Love Canal families. Robert Hager, NBC News, Washington.