2009 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 11:25:02 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] New York City's alternative for Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal
City Proposes New Plan for Gowanus Canal Cleanup

New York Times
July 2, 2009

Fighting to prevent the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn from being labeled a Superfund site, city officials are proposing an alternative cleanup plan that they say would still be overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency but would take only about half the time a Superfund project would require.

A Superfund designation, reserved for the country's most hazardous sites, allows the government to pursue parties responsible for the pollution and require them to pay for the removal of hazards.

In April the E.P.A. proposed adding the Gowanus Canal to its Superfund National Priorities List at the urging of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. In a preliminary assessment the agency found that the site was contaminated by a variety of pollutants as a result of the waterway's industrial past, including pesticides, metals and cancer-causing chemicals called PCBs.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918

Brownfields mailing list

  Prev by Date: [CPEO-BIF] One Water Street, Charlevoix County, Michigan
Next by Date: [CPEO-BIF] Copley Square contamination, Copley, Ohio
  Prev by Thread: [CPEO-BIF] One Water Street, Charlevoix County, Michigan
Next by Thread: [CPEO-BIF] Copley Square contamination, Copley, Ohio

CPEO Lists
Author Index
Date Index
Thread Index