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Hooker first leased, then purchased, the Love Canal site in the 1940s. The canal was 3,000 feet long, running north, and filled with water. Dumping occurred in the Northern Section, from 1942 to 1946, then in the Southern Section from 1946 to 1954, with some dumping in the Central Section at the end of the period. The toxic chemicals were dumped, usually, in metal drums, which were often old and rusted, or in fiber drums, which were used for filter cake residues. The drums sometimes broke apart as they were being dumped and sometimes chemical wastes were dumped directly into the canal. Dams were constructed across the canal. Also, pits, approximately 25 feet wide and 25 feet deep, were dug outside the canal for disposal. Drums and waste filled the canal to within a few feet of the ground surface, and then were covered with dirt or ash.   On several occasions during the dumping period, employees of Hooker visited the site and reported to management that the water throughout the canal was contaminated and children were swimming in the sections which were not being used for disposal. Despite strong recommendations by its own General Counsel and other managers that a fence be constructed to prevent injuries to the children, Hooker did not fence in the canal. Also during this time, Hooker knew that, as a result of the way the drums and wastes were dumped in the canal and pits, the drums were deteriorating, and would continue to deteriorate, and the subsurface would shift, causing subsidence to the ground surface. Hooker also knew that when the surface subsided, the drums and wastes would become exposed, further endangering children and others. Finally, fires and explosions occurred in the canal, shooting flames as high as the homes which were built adjacent to the canal. Throughout the post-war period, more and more residences were being built in the area.
    Toward the late 1970s, in addition to the surface exposures, the wastes had migrated through the subsurface...

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