Tuesday, May 12, 2009

New Letter to the EPA from a Carroll Gardens/Gowanus Resident

Tuesday May 12, 2009

New Letter to the EPA from a Carroll Gardens/Gowanus Resident

We at CORD are very grateful to have the following letter to the EPA from one of our neighbors to publish. We encourage more people to write to the EPA! And, please send us your thoughts about the Superfunding of the Gowanus Canal, as well as concerns, memories, of Carroll Gardens/Gowanus etc., so that we can keep in touch with one another. You can use our address at cgcord@gmail.com for your submissions.

Letters like the one below are seen and read by so many different people in our community including our electeds. We encourage you to use your voice to fight with, and to join us!

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Thank you.

To: superfund.docket@epa.gov
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.


Patricia Constantino
40 Third Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231


With the "Protect Our Homes" petition, CORD was formed in May, 2007. This petition arose as an overwhelmingly negative response to the coming of the over-sized 360 Smith Street Development at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place (Aka Oliver House; aka 131 Second Place). This petition, which had well over three thousand signatures, led to a new zoning text amendment in summer of 2008.

To: Our Elected Officials, Community Leaders, The MTA:
(MAY, 2007)

We the undersigned Carroll Gardens homeowners and residents, are appalled by the "as of right" ruling which allows owners and developers to erect buildings in our neighborhood with no regard to the impact they will present to our quality of life and the value of our homes........