- Map: Love Canal Emergency Declaration Area (PDF, 370KB, 1pg.)
Love Canal Follow-up Health Study
The New York State Department of Health follow-up health study examines long-term health effects among Love Canal residents. This study compares the health of Canal residents with the health of those who did not live near Love Canal. It also compares Canal residents to each other based upon their likelihood of exposure to chemicals from Love Canal. Newsletters keep participants and other interested persons informed about the study's progress.
Project Reports to ATSDR
- Love Canal Follow-up Health Study (PDF, 702KB, 157pg.)
Earlier Love Canal Documents
In August 1978, New York State Department of Health Commissioner Robert P. Whalen declared a public health emergency at the Love Canal hazardous waste landfill site. Since then, numerous health studies have been conducted and reports have been published.
Historical documents are generally not available in digital format for posting. However, some of the more important reports have been formatted and posted for your review.
- Love Canal - A Special Report to the Governor & Legislature - April 1981
- Love Canal - Public Health Time Bomb - A Special Report To the Governor and Legislature, September 1978
- Love Canal - Emergency Declaration Area - Decision on Habitability - September 1988
Many health studies were conducted in the late 1970s and early 1980s to determine whether chemical exposures at Love Canal caused any immediate health effects. Each study, however, has limitations that may lead to inconclusive or contradictory results.