Case Study 6: Love Canal

TitleCase Study 6: Love Canal
Publication TypeWeb Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsPritchard, MS, Goldfarb, T
Corporate AuthorsNational Academy of Engineering, OEC
Series TitleEthics in the Science Classroom
PublisherNational Academy of Engineering, Online Ethics Center
Publication Languageeng
Keywordschemical , ENGINEERING , ENVIRONMENTAL , professional , Pubic , PUBLIC , SCIENCE
AbstractCase study 6 discusses individual, corporate and governmental responses to environmental and ecological concerns. One of the most contentious environmental issues has been how to respond to the discovery of many thousands of hazardous toxic dumps that have resulted from decades of virtually unrestricted disposal of toxic industrial waste. This issue was first widely publicized as a result of the health emergency declared by the New York State Department of Health in 1978 in response to shocking revelations about the problems caused by improper waste disposal in the now infamous Love Canal dump site. The actions and reactions of the corporation that had disposed of the waste in question, the public officials, the residents, the media and the scientists involved in the Love Canal controversy serve as excellent illustrations of many of the ethics issues associated with efforts to protect the public from environmental pollution.
OEC Unique Identifier9721