City Proposes Gowanus Cleanup Without ‘Superfund’ Label

07.02.09 Will Sherman

02gowanusa_xlHoping to avoid the stigma of a Superfund project which could “scare away developers,” the city is proposing a new plan to cleanup the polluted Gowanus Canal. Officials claim their proposal would more quickly rid the waterway of “pesticides, metals and cancer-causing chemicals called PCBs” and “allow polluters to voluntarily pay for the cleanup” costs. Naturally, E.P.A. officials are skeptical that the nearly dozen responsible parties would ever come to agreement with one another. |NYT|