News Releases from Region 02
EPA Extends Public Comment Period on Proposed Locations for Two Sewage Retention Tanks as Part of Gowanus Canal Cleanup
(New York, N.Y. – April 26, 2016) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period for its proposed agreement with the City of New York that establishes the location for two sewage and storm water retention tanks, included as part of the cleanup for the Gowanus Canal Superfund Site to May 31, 2016. The original public comment period for the draft agreement was scheduled to end May 16, but the EPA is extending the comment period in response to a request from the public.
On April 14, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposed agreement with the City of New York that establishes the location for two sewage and storm water retention tanks, included as part of the cleanup for the Gowanus Canal Superfund Site. The proposed administrative settlement agreement and order allows New York City to locate an eight million gallon retention tank in New York City’s preferred location, known as the “Head-of-Canal” location, but it also holds the city to a strict schedule. The EPA can require New York City to place the tank in the Thomas Greene Park location instead if certain activities do not occur on schedule, including if New York City is not able to acquire the land at the Head-of-Canal location within approximately four years. The EPA held a public meeting in Brooklyn on April 25, 2016 to explain the proposed plan.
Written comments may be mailed or emailed to:
U.S. EPA Region 2 - Superfund Director
290 Broadway, 19th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10007
To read the proposed agreement between the EPA and New York City, please visit: https://cumulis.epa.gov/supercpad/cursites/csitinfo.cfm?id=0206222 or visit EPA’s document repository located at the Carroll Gardens Library at 396 Clinton St. in Brooklyn, New York.