Environment: The Neighborhood of Fear

Carter orders a further evacuation from polluted Love Canal

Robert Kott loved the small, neat home overlooking Black Creek in the southeastern corner of Niagara Falls, N.Y., a grimy industrial town near the Canadian border. In the 14 years since he acquired it the muscular chemical worker has spent thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours painting, insulating and otherwise caring for his precious property. But last week Kott called it quits, shuttering up the house and fleeing with his wife Joann and their five children, ages seven to 15. Said he: "I don't...

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