Category Archives: Gowanus Canal

It’s NYC vs. EPA at monthly CAG meeting, by George Fiala

From day one, NYC has been against the Gowanus Canal’s Superfund designation, finally granted in 2010. It was opposed not only by the Bloomberg administration, but also the local City Councilman at the time.   The Daily News reported, in an … Continue reading

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Councilmembers Lander and Levin guests at February Gowanus CAG meeting, by George Fiala

The Gowanus Community Advisory Group (CAG) meets monthly to discuss issues pertaining to the Canal Superfund cleanup. At its February 25 meeting, local councilmen Steve Levin and Brad Lander appeared by invitation. The CAG consists of sixty members, many of … Continue reading

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Letters to the EPA, edited by George Fiala

One of the most contentious issues Red Hook has faced in some time was an EPA proposal to build a Contained Disposal Facility (CDF) as part of the cleanup of the Gowanus Canal. The CDF would take dredged materials, detoxify … Continue reading

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Superfund Project moves on – a Primer, by George Fiala

Last December the EPA published their proposed plan for remediation of the Gowanus Canal. A public comment period lasted through April 27th. For the next few months the EPA team will evaluate the comments and by the end of the … Continue reading

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EDITORIAL – An unfortunate public display

Walter Mugdan said it out loud in a meeting at the South Brooklyn High School. The east coast head of the EPA said in retrospect, he wished they hadn’t offered the option to bury sludge in Red Hook. We agree. … Continue reading

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GBX’s win at all cost strategy backfires, by George Fiala

At a public meeting held April 16th at the South Brooklyn Community High School, Regional Superfund Director Walter Mugdan repeated multiple times that the proposed plan to bury toxic sludge from the Gowanus in Red Hook would never happen. “How … Continue reading

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Decision Soon on Gowanus Sludge (July 1, 2012), by Matt Graber and Abby Savitch-Lew

This article originally appeared in the Star-Revue in July 2012. We reprint it here as the deadline for the Quadrozzi option looms: An important decision for the future of Red Hook will be announced this September – the decision about … Continue reading

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