Friday, February 8, 2013

EPA extends comment date on Gowanus Canal cleanup

    The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it is extending--from March 28 to April 27--the deadline for public comment on its proposed cleanup plan for the Gowanus Canal in New York City.

    The plan includes removing some of the contaminated sediment and capping dredged areas. It also includes controls to prevent raw sewage overflows and other land-based sources of contamination from compromising the cleanup.  EPA estimates the cost of the cleanup to be between $467 and $504 million.

    Upcoming meeting dates on the cleanup plan
    On February 11, the Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group will meet with the EPA regarding the proposed plan from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the P.S. 58 Auditorium, 330 Smith Street, Brooklyn. The public is welcome.
    On February 13, the EPA will be in the Red Hook community to discuss in more detail the specifics of the proposed plan. That meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 PM at P.S. 15, located at 71 Sullivan Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The public is welcome.
    Read the EPA's full news release on the Gowanus cleanup here.
    See the full proposed cleanup plan here  

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