Love Canal, New York, began as a vision of a modern city fueled by hydropower from a canal dug from the Niagara river. The project was halted and the partially dug canal became a toxic waste disposal site.
In 1953, the waste was covered with topsoil and the site was sold the city of Love Canal. A neighborhood and school were subsequently built on the property. Over the next 25 years, construction and flooding exposed decaying metal drums full of leaching toxic waste.
Which of the following consequences was a result of the Love Canal disaster?