We have received the following update from Rep. Clarke's office re:
I would like to thank every one that was able to attend, for coming to our office to express your concerns and issues regarding the Superfund designation of the Gowanus Canal. I apologize for the delay in responding to you, however I was out sick and the Hill has been hectic due to many Federal issues that are being addressed this week (and actually the House will be in session in to the weekend).
Congress Member Clarke did speak with EPA Administrator Jackson on Tuesday, November 3rd to discuss the on-going process. The Congress member raised serious concerns and asked some poignant question of Administrator Jackson, and raised many of the concerns brought to our attention by meeting with you.
One of the main issues raised by the Congresswoman was the sense of urgency for the clean-up of the canal. She pointed out that there is concern in the community that the Superfund process could take up to 20 years, which is unacceptable to her. She pointed out how long the community has waited for the clean-up and asked if, given the EPA’s own analysis of how polluted the canal is, could the project be listed as a priority on their agenda. Further, the Member made a request for a detailed timeline that would outline, from beginning to end, the process and target dates.
We are still awaiting the EPA’s response to the questions raised and as soon as we receive this response I will be in touch with further information.
Deanna R. Bitetti, District Representative
Office of U.S. Representative Yvette D. Clarke
Brooklyn District Office
123 Linden Blvd., 4th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11226
Ph: 718-287-1142 Fax: 718-287-1223
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