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Subject: HQ SSUND 2009-0063
Date: Fri, 8 May 2009 13:13:35 -0400
To the US EPA Representative:
My name is Patricia Constantino and I am a 30 plus year resident of Carroll Gardens. I am a property owner and live a few blocks from the Gowanus Canal.
The Canal is extremely toxic and is a hazard to the community. Since I can remember there has been talk about and some attempts to clean up this heavily contaminated canal. There are developers and politicians who favor a site by site cleanup. This piecemeal approach to clean up the Canal is not in the best interest of the people who live here. We need to have a comprehensive cleanup of the whole 1.5 mile waterway.
I am pleased that the EPA is giving us the opportunity to have this once thriving waterway restored. I am for the designation of the Gowanus Canal as a Superfundsite and to have full control of the effort turned over to the EPA.
Your consideration of this urgent matter is greatly appreciated.
40 Third Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231