Control of Toxic and Hazardous Substances. Love Canal . In August 1978 President Carter declared a federal emergency at the Love Canal due to contamination by toxic chemicals in the area. Love Canal focused attention on hazardous waste issues and led to the passage of the federal Superfund Act.
History of the site from the local perspective.
An overview from the EPA.
Efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the RCRA approach
Summary of Superfund Program Accomplishments (End of 2006)
The choice of a legal standard can determine:
(damages) × (probability of contamination) > cost of preventing contamination