I urge anyone that is wondering just what this is Superfund nomination of the Gowanus Canal is all about to attend this meeting on Tuesday night at PS 32. The EPA has determined that based on SCIENTIFIC DATA that the canal is a danger to most forms of life and NEEDS TO BE CLEANED PROPERLY. They will be at this meeting to inform the community and to take questions about what all this entails.
Also,at this juncture it has just been announced that the City of New York will also be at this meeting as they suddenly have a plan to clean the canal themselves. Has this sudden urge come up due to the potential of a development (condos) slowdown or do you think they really care after NOT all these years? hmmmm.
Here is the info from Community Board 6's flier.
Superfund for the Gowanus?
An informational update by the Environmental Protection Agency on a proposal to designate the Gowanus Canal and environs as a Superfund site, with an update from City officials on their plans to address Gowanus-related environmental conditions.
Recently it had been announced in the media that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering a proposal to designate the Gowanus Canal and environs as a Federal Superfund site. Join us as we hear from EPA representatives directly to find out what a Superfund designation would mean for our community, learn more about the process used to make such a determination, and hear from representatives for the City of New York on the City’s plans to address Gowanus-related environmental conditions.
DATE: Tuesday, May 26, 2009
TIME: 6:30 pm
PLACE: P.S. 32 Auditorium
317 Hoyt Street
(between Union/President Streets)
Brooklyn, NY 11231
More background on the Gowanus Superfund application, process and directions for submitting comment is available on the EPA website here.
(Public comment is due by July 8, 2009.)
Also Pardon Me For Asking has printed analysis on why the canal SHOULD be a Superfund site, click here for the article by Dr. Tom Agnotti, City Limits Magazine.