Lois Gibbs. In 1978, after discovering her entire neighborhood was built on a toxic waste dump and with no prior experience in community activism, Gibbs organized her neighbors and formed the Love Canal Homeowners Association. She led her community in a battle against the local, state, and federal governments. After years of struggle, 833 families were eventually evacuated, and cleanup of Love Canal began. Her efforts also led to the creation of the EPA's Superfund Act.