|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Tue, 14 Apr 2009 09:16:50 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-BIF] Gowanus Canal (Brooklyn, NY) developer opposes listing|
Gowanus divided: Is the Superfund supergood or superbad? By Mike McLaughlin The Brooklyn Paper (NY) April 13, 2009On the eve of Tuesday's public forum about a proposal to declare the toxic Gowanus Canal a Superfund site, opposing factions are slinging sludge about the seemingly beneficial idea of approving the polluted channel for a federal clean-up.
The Environmental Protection Agency runs the Superfund - a pool of cash that could be made available to purify the 1.8-mile long waterway, which is clouded by industrial pollutants like PCBs, metals and pesticides.
Classifying an area as a Superfund site also empowers the EPA to force parties responsible for the dumping to pay for the clean-up.
Despite the Superfund's benign-sounding name, the possible designation has already split the community, with some residents and developers saying it would depress property values. Last week, hours after the Superfund proposal was reported, the canal-zone's main developer, Toll Brothers, immediately threatened to abandon its 447-unit complex on two blocks alongside the canal. And the homebuilder's allies sounded the alarm about the so-called perils, too.
.... For the entire article, see http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/32/15/32_15_mm_super_meeting.html -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Brownfields mailing list Brownfields@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/brownfields-cpeo.org
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