Poisonous wastes under Fairport Harbor, Ohio, USA

Landsat-5 TM acquired on 20 September 1985
Landsat-5 TM acquired on 31 October 2000
Sentinel-2 MSI acquired on 20 October 2015
Sentinel-2 MSI acquired on 23 October 2020
Author(s): Sentinel Vision team, VisioTerra, France - svp@visioterra.fr
Keyword(s): Land, urban, pollution, environment, water quality, health, park, United States, USA
Fig. 1 - Landsat-5 TM (20.09.1985) - Diamond Alkali established in Fairport in 1912, producing soda ash, caustic soda & bicarbonate of soda.
Diamond Shamrock Corp. moved to Texas and closed on 31 December 1976, leaving thousands without jobs and industrial carcass scarring the land.
Fig. 2 - Landsat-5 TM (31.10.2000) - Not only the workers died young, but the whole community has been affected by widepread early cancer.
The urban area continued to develop amidst cancer-causing chemicals like mercury, cyanide, and hexavalent chromium in the same water that Fairport Harbor residents used for play.
Fig. 3 - S2 (20.10.2015) - Instead of a cleaning up, the chemicals were first fenced, then sealed and covered. 600m3 of highly toxic waste is still at risk of leaking into the lake.
Fig. 4 - S2 (23.10.2020) - With acres & acres of lakefront real estate, it was revived as luxury resorts opened above the industrial waste & its sludge in the 2000s.