In the 1950s, the destination spot of Niagara Falls, N.Y., was also a hotbed of industry made of petrochemicals, paper, plastics, rubber, and abrasives. But while shiny-faced tourists strolled the promenade awaiting the next high-wire act, the locally owned Schoellkopf power plant was slowly sliding into the river. When it finally went, all the cheap power went with it. By the time a federal emergency was declared in Love Canal, a neighborhood that had been used as a dumping ground for chemical waste since the ’20s, the city was better known for crime, political corruption, unemployment, and police brutality than its... More >>>