Love Canal School Alumni Meet To Discuss Plan of Action

August 22, 2012 Updated Aug 22, 2012 at 8:31 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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August 22, 2012 Updated Aug 22, 2012 at 8:31 AM EDT

Niagara Falls, NY (WKBW) - Several former students who went to the 93rd Street School near the chemical dumpsite in Niagara Falls, are now becoming sick and they gathered together last night to talk about what to do about it.

These are among the last students to graduate sixth grade at the 93rd Street School, one of two elementary schools in the Love Canal emergency declaration zone. A place they believe made them ill.

They compared illnesses recently, at a high school reunion, realizing that many had similar symptoms and similar diseases.

Love Canal was a residential neighborhood built on top of a chemical dump site containing 21,000 tons of toxic waste from Hooker Chemical.

Lois Gibbs has been very outspoken about the after effects of Love Canal. She rallied the Love Canal neighborhood in 1978 and struggled for evacuation and cleanup.

She asked the state several years ago to study the health of former 93rd Street School students, but it never had the money to conduct the test.

The former classmates have not yet decided if they will file a lawsuit.

There's already one that's been filed by some current residents who live just outside the Love Canal emergency zone. They say chemicals that were once thought to have been cleaned up, are resurfacing once again.

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