Brad on Designation of the Gowanus Canal as a Superfund Site

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Brad on Designation of the Gowanus Canal as a Superfund Site

Press Release
03/10/2010

I was very enthusiastic to hear about the Superfund designation of the Gowanus Canal which was announced today by the Environmental Protection Agency. Previous EPA studies have confirmed that the Canal – including the sediment at the bottom, the water, and the land around it – is highly toxic and demands comprehensive cleanup, and I am convinced that Superfund designation is the best approach for getting it done. Designation will not only bring much-needed resources to the area and allow for optimal coordination between all the interested parties, but it is also the best approach for ensuring that the community remains involved. The designation will turn the Gowanus Canal area from a toxic remnant of mistreatment of the environment into a sustainable community resource for decades to come.I am eager to begin working with all area residents, stakeholders and agencies toward Superfund cleanup and on other related issues. Citizen involvement in this project will be critical, and the EPA has done a great job on this so far.  To further that, I also want to express my support for the creation of a Community Advisory Group (CAG) for this site, which would allow for broader community involvement in all areas of the project. Its time for everyone to come together, roll up our sleeves and get to work!

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