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The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to declare Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal a Superfund site, a move that would bring in federal money to thoroughly cleanup the polluted waterway. The EPA reports that sediment in the canal is “contaminated with a variety of pollutants, including pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), metals and volatile organic contaminants (VOCs), and significant contamination associated with coal tar.” There’s widespread support for flushing out the canal, however critics worry that proposed developments in the area will be delayed, or even killed, by the cleanup efforts. Some developers are even concerned that the Superfund status has too much negative stigma, as though the 1.8-mile cesspool didn’t have any already. |NY Times|

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