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Encyclopedia > Lois Gibbs

Lois Gibbs (born 1952) is an environmental activist whose involvement in environmental causes began in 1978, when she discovered that her 7-year-old son's elementary school in Niagara Falls, New York was built on a toxic waste dump. Subsequent investigation revealed that her entire neighborhood had been built on top of that same dump, the Love Canal. 1952 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Environmentalism is activism aimed at improving the environment, particularly nature. ... 1978 was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... American Falls, one of the three falls that make up Niagara Falls, is located in the city. ... Love Canal is a neighborhood in Niagara Falls, New York. ...

With no prior experience in community activism, Gibbs organized her neighbors and formed the Love Canal Homeowners Association. She led her community in a battle against the local, state, and federal governments. After years of struggle, 833 families were eventually evacuated, and cleanup of Love Canal began. National press coverage made Lois Gibbs a household name. Her efforts also led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's "Superfund," which is used to locate and clean up toxic sites throughout the United States. EPA redirects here. ... Checking the status of a cleanup site Superfund is the common name for what is officially known as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 9601 to 9675, which was enacted by the United States Congress on December 11, 1980 in response to the...

In 1980, Gibbs formed the Citizens' Clearinghouse for Hazardous Waste (later renamed Center for Health, Environment and Justice). CHEJ is a grassroots environmental crisis center that provides information, resources, technical assistance and training to community groups around the nation. CHEJ seeks to form strong local organizations in order to protect neighborhoods from exposure to hazardous wastes

Her story was dramatized in the 1982 made-for-tv movie "Lois Gibbs: the Love Canal Story", in which she was played by Marsha Mason. 1982 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Marsha Mason with Richard Dreyfuss in The Goodbye Girl Marsha Mason (born April 3, 1942, St. ...

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Gibbs is the upstate New York housewife who overcame her insecurity and lack of formal education to lead the battle to save her family and neighbors from the health hazards of chemical wastes dumped in the Love Canal.
Gibbs is out for dinner with her husband and two young children and her son suddenly suddenly grabs his throat and falls to the floor.
Gibbs notices a health-department truck parked in front of her son's school, she is told that it has come in response to reports in the local newspaper about possible leakage from a toxicwaste site under the school.
Heroism Project | 1970s | Lois Gibbs (847 words)
Lois and her husband moved to Love Canal, New York in the mid-seventies to raise their young family and settle in what they thought was a picturesque, working class neighborhood near the Niagara river.
Gibbs was baffled by the array of illnesses such as epilepsy, asthma, and urinary track infections that hospitalized her children every week, especially because of their healthy family history.
While Gibbs is proud of her work and the progress of the environmental movement, a big setback for her came in 1988 when the state of New York decided to build low income housing in parts of the once-contaminated Love Canal.
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