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05.14.14 Andy Cush

As of last week, a radioactive stretch of Irving Avenue in Ridgewood, Queens is officially NYC’s third EPA Superfund site (the other two are the Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek). Above, watch a short documentary from The New Yorker about how the area got that way (hint: it involves nuclear weaponry and waste dumped directly into sewers) and […]

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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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11.29.12 Andy Cush

Brooklyn concrete mogul John Quadrozzi has an unusual proposition for storing the toxic sludge that the EPA will dredge out of the Gowanus Canal Superfund site: shipping it to his Red Hook waterfront property and dumping it into the Gowanus Bay, expanding his shipping terminal and creating new land he can rent to other businesses. As […]

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03.15.11 Bucky Turco

Artifacts! Not only will residents benefit from an environmental cleanup of the Gowanus Canal, but also archaeologists. According to the New York Times, there’s a good likelihood that historical treasures from the Revolutionary War or other eras will be uncovered beneath the muck and chemical debris. The Environmental Protection Agency will be in charge of […]

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07.02.09 Will Sherman

Hoping 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. […]

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