|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Thu, 2 Jul 2009 11:25:02 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-BIF] New York City's alternative for Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal|
City Proposes New Plan for Gowanus Canal Cleanup By MIREYA NAVARRO New York Times July 2, 2009Fighting 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 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/02/nyregion/02gowanus.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Gowanus&st=cse -- 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 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Brownfields mailing list Brownfields@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/brownfields-cpeo.org
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