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October 9, 2013 | Posted by Karen L. Mintzer 10/9/2013 | Permalink
On September 30, 2013, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a record of decision documenting its final selection of a remedy for cleanup of the Gowanus Canal Superfund Site in Brooklyn. The cleanup addresses contaminated sediments in the canal and continuing sources of contamination outside the canal, including overflows from the New York City combined sewer system that result in the discharge into the canal of untreated domestic sewage and contaminated stormwater. EPA estimates that it will take another three years to complete design of the remedy and six years after that to implement the cleanup. read more
January 9, 2013 | Posted by Karen L. Mintzer 1/9/2013 | Permalink
On December 27, 2012, the United States Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposed cleanup plan for the Gowanus Canal Superfund Site in Brooklyn, New York, which goes beyond the expected removal of contaminated sediment from the bottom of the canal through dredging and capping of dredged areas, and also includes controls to prevent recontamination of the canal from combined sewer overflows. The proposed cleanup plan will be addressed at public meetings in Brooklyn on January 23 and 24, 2013. EPA will accept public comments related to the proposed cleanup plan until March 28, 2013. read more
May 30, 2012 | Posted by Mintzer, Karen | Permalink

On March 13, 2012, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection announced a final agreement requiring New York City to improve the overall water quality in New York Harbor.  The agreement requires New York City to invest approximately $187 million over the next three years and an estimated $2.4 billion of public and private funding over the next 18 years to install green infrastructure technologies to manage stormwater before it enters the City’s combined sewer system. 

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