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Audio: Lois Gibbs at Love Canal: '35 years later, they should put them all in jail'

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Lois Gibbs on Tuesday said the area of Love Canal can never be safe. (Photo by Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

NIAGARA FALLS - Lois Gibbs fought the government when they said it was OK to let people move back into some sections of Love Canal.

But people were allowed to live in Love Canal again, and now there are some of the same signs of sickness from toxic chemicals buried nearby, Gibbs said Tuesday.

People were lied to when they were told the area was safe, Gibbs said at a news conference.

"It was a smokescreen. It was a lie and today people are suffering," Gibbs said.

The people responsible for the situation - Occidental, the City of Niagara Falls, the state and the Environmental Protection Agency - "should be put in jail," she said.

Listen to Gibbs' comments here:


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Aaron Besecker joined The Buffalo News in 2007, where he has covered communities in Western New York as a beat reporter, multimedia journalist and assistant online editor. A Buffalo native, he began his career in journalism at the Niagara Gazette.

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