Thursday, December 6, 2012

Joint Letter to EPA on Gowanus Canal 8-2-2012

The Honorable Lisa Jackson, USEPA August 2, 2012 Page 1

August 2, 2012 

The Honorable Lisa Jackson Administrator
Environmental Protection Agency 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20460 

Dear Administrator Jackson: 

     We write to voice support for your agency’s ongoing work to clean up the Gowanus Canal. Since Superfund designation in 2010, we have been impressed with the ambitious schedule that EPA Region 2 has held to in the remedial investigation and feasibility study phase. 
     We are confident that EPA Region 2 has the necessary expertise to direct this effort. The correct course of action for the canal should be dictated by the available scientific evidence, and we believe EPA’s work thus far has held to that principle. Further, we agree that additional control of combined sewer overflows - beyond what the City is currently committed to - will be necessary for a successful cleanup of the Gowanus. In coming weeks, it will be critical that EPA Region 2 maintains its leadership role and coordinates with the relevant agencies at the federal, state and city levels. 

     Reducing toxins and pollutants in this waterway will not only transform it from an environmental eyesore to a source of community pride, but also yield important public health benefits. For the thousands of working families that reside near this canal, remediation will reduce risk of exposure to harmful chemicals and other toxins. Thank you again for your agency’s hard work in this area. We look forward to continuing to support your efforts going forward. 


Nydia M. Velázquez 
Member of Congress
Joan Millman
New York State Assemblywoman
Velmanette Montgomery 
New York State Senator
Sara Gonzalez
New York City Councilwoman
Daniel Squadron
New York State Senator

Brad Lander
New York City Councilman 

Stephen Levin
New York City Councilman
Marty Markowitz
Brooklyn Borough President  

The Honorable Lisa Jackson, USEPA August 2, 2012 Page 2 

cc: Robert Perciasepe, USEPA Deputy Administrator Mathy V. Stanislaus, USEPA Assistant Administrator Judith Enck, USEPA Regional Administrator, Region 2 Joseph Martens, NYSDEC Commissioner
Carter H. Strickland Jr., NYCDEP Commissioner The Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group


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........