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06.10.14 Marina Galperina

This photograph of Manhattan was taken by the Expedition 39 crew’s remote sensing unit. In it, the tallest buildings in the Financial District and Midtown are casting noticeably long, dark shadows on the city. Referencing the Environmental Protection Agency’s report, NASA explains that concrete and asphalt absorb, store, and release heat, and how the “heat island effect” is reduced by the cooling effect of […]

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10.30.13 Andy Cush

Soon, the Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek might get some company as NYC areas that are so environmentally fucked that they require federal intervention. The former site of the Wolff-Alport Chemical Company, now a car repair shop and construction company in Ridgewood, Queens, contains enough radiation to merit Superfund status from the Environmental Protection Agency. According […]

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02.05.13 Andy Cush

The latest proposal to clean up and deal with the toxic waste  that’s plaguing Brooklyn’s Gowanus canal involves building giant holding tanks underneath the nearby Douglass & DeGraw swimming pool, which would catch and store raw sewage before it hits the waterway. Ensuring that the canal isn’t hit with excess waste every time sewers overflow […]

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12.31.12 Andy Cush

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund plan to clean up Brooklyn’s insanely polluted Gowanus Canal has acquired a surprising–but probably necessary–new prong: giant, $78 million holding tanks to keep sewage overflow from seeping into the waterway. Initially, the EPA hoped only to dredge some of the toxic scum from the Gowanus’s bottom, but when they realized […]

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03.31.11 Bucky Turco

Radioactive particles from leaky nuclear reactors in Japan continue to rain on the United States in trace amounts that the government says we shouldn’t be worried of, milk included, and now you can monitor their progress via the EPA RadNet website in real time. It’s fun for the whole family. […]

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03.02.10 Bucky Turco

After some back and forth with the city for what seemed like forever, the EPA is moving ahead with plans to name Gowanus Canal a Superfund site. That means federal resources can now be allocated and someone will finally start cleaning up all the toxic crap that’s been accumulating in the Brooklyn waterway for decades. […]

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07.22.09 Bucky Turco

The Environmental Protection Agency has a lot of explaining to do after the state of New Jersey announced it will be permanently scrapping an ecological plan to use out of commission NYC subway cars as offshore reef building material. Although the federal entity estimated that the sunken trains would last 25-30 years, in some cases […]

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