|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Fri, 16 Jul 2010 21:14:42 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-BIF] Gowanus Canal (Brooklyn, NY) responsible parties|
A Score Of Companies Could Share Bill For Gowanus CleanupThe Brooklyn canal's Superfund designation has triggered a hunt for the corporations responsible for more than a century of pollution.
By Kieran K. Meadows and Mike Reicher City Limits (NY) July 15, 2010Gowanus - For nearly six decades, Vivian Scarpati has lived within blocks of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. In the 1970s, she married a man who lived on her street. Her husband's family had lived a block east of the Canal—for four generations.
The Gowanus had long been a heavily polluted industrial area. The Canal was created in the 1860s to bring raw material to rapidly developing residential Brooklyn. Within years, toxic waste was in the water and on its banks. As early as the 1880s, local residents protested the contamination, sewage overflows and foul odors. A massive 1976 fire at the Patchogue Oil Terminal destroyed underground fuel tanks and resulted in more than 2.5 million gallons of oil spilling into the Canal—at the time, one of the largest oil spills in the nation's history.
...In recent months, the EPA sent more than 20 letters notifying other companies that they may be on the hook to pay for the cleanup. These companies include: Amerada Hess Corporation, Bayside Fuel Oil Depot Corp., Rapid American Corp., Cibro Petroleum Products, Inc., Beazer East, Brink's, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, BP and ExxonMobil. Even the U.S. Navy received a letter due to some WWII activity at the canal. And more recently, Kraft Foods and Citigroup received letters.
... For the entire article, see http://www.citylimits.org/news/articles/4108/a-score-of-companies-could-share-bill-for-gowanus-cleanup -- 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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