air pollution


Stockholm Declaration of 1972 Broadly Recognizes Global Environmental Issues

The Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm signifies the first time that environmental issues were formally recognized on the global stage, and guidelines to address these problems were endorsed by 113 countries.

Toxic Dumpsite "Love Canal" on EPA's National Priorities List

Love Canal was placed on EPA’s National Priorities List in 1981 to receive federal cleanup aid. The Niagara Falls School District built communities on soil contaminated by long-term toxic waste from the Hooker Chemical Company, causing miscarriages of children and birth defects decades after the dumpsite was closed.


Centralia Mine Fire

The Centralia mine fire in Centralia, Pennsylvania is a massive underground fire that has been burning for more than 50 years. Beginning in 1962, it has since driven away all but ten (as of 2012) residents.