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On August 7, 1978, the Love Canal neighborhood of Niagara Falls, New York, was declared a disaster area because of chemical contamination.
In the 1940's and early 1950's the area had been used by a chemical company to dispose of waste products, which were buried in metal drums in a manner that was then legal. In time the drums rusted out, allowing the chemicals to percolate to the surface, and the incidence of miscarriages and birth defects among residents of the area became far higher than normal. Evacuation of residents was begun, and authorities recommended that pregnant women and children under two leave immediately.
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