entitled, "Bloomberg Says No to Gowanus Cleanup" that begins with:
"Mayor Bloomberg is setting himself up for a PR nightmare as his office opposes the EPA's proposal to add the Gowanus Canal to the list of Superfund sites."
This is one of the many new posts that have appeared since the recent announcement that the DEC requested that the Gowanus Canal be nominated to the National Priorities List and designated as a Superfund site.
Jane Doe Comment:
"The desire for and expectation of clean water instead of a carcinogenic, pathogen filled cesspool is not exactly a political agenda. As a resident of the Carroll Gardens/Gowanus area, I consider myself a winner once the water is clean. I don't see a developer-driven, half-baked attempt by the City and State of New York to clean Gowanus Canal as something that will acheive my desire and expectation. Only the big guns of the Federal Government have these types of resources and can get this job done."
Meanwhile the NY DAILY NEWS reports:
EPA weighs in on Gowanus Canal Superfund designation, saying Gowanus needs federal help
Thursday, April 16th 2009, 4:00 AM
"There cannot really be any rational debate about the need to clean up," Walter Mugdan, director of the EPA's Emergency and Remedial Response Division, said at a public meeting Tuesday night. "The only way this canal is likely ever to get cleaned up is by becoming a ... Superfund site."
Mugdan said investigators found high levels of cancer-causing PCBs and metals such as mercury and arsenic in the canal. He also said that while contaminants at many hazardous waste sites are measured in parts per million, levels of coal tar over four parts per hundred were found in Gowanus Canal sediments......."http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/brooklyn/2009/04/16/2009-04-16_epa_weighs_in_on_gowanus_canal_superfund_designation_saying_gowanus_needs_federa.html