Controversy at Love Canal
Hastings Center Report. 1982 Jun; 12(3): 29-37.
A cancer researcher reviews the events surrounding the toxic waste contamination at Love Canal with emphasis on the political nature of the controversy about its health impact. Antagonism between the community and the New York State Department of Health was fueled by several factors: the state's awareness that it gained from delay in investigation, disagreement on health problems to be studied, control over the information gathering process, silencing of opposition opinion, and the violation of norms of scientific behavior. The author calls for the establishment of standards of ethical behavior for scientists in such situations, standards for conflict resolution, and means of appeal for those injured. (KIE abstract)
Biomedical Research; Cancer; Congenital Disorders; Conflict Resolution; Epidemiology; Evaluation; Government; Health; Health Hazards; Industry; Love; Misconduct; Nature; Political Activity; Politics; Pregnant Women; Public Health; Public Policy; Research; Research Design; Scientific Misconduct; Standards;