Published: Thursday 15 February 1996

The Occidental Chemical Corporation, a US company which had dumped 25,000 tonnes of toxic waste in the Love Canal locality of Niagara Falls, New York, has reached a US $129 million settlement for cleanup costs with the federal government. Hundreds of homes and an elementary school had been built over the discarded canal stuffed with toxic materials and capped with soil. The company has agreed to pay US $102 million into the Federal Superfund, which was set up in 1980 following the national uproar provoked by the evacuation of the families.

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