EPA eyes Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal

April 9, 2009 at 5:48 pm Leave a comment

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is proposing that Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal be placed on its Superfund National Priorities List.

That would allow the EPA to investigate contamination and possible solutions.

Some critics say the move would delay plans to build luxury waterfront housing. Activist Buddy Scotto tells the New York Post the canal is clean enough now to support development.

The EPA is asking for public input.

The 1.8-mile canal was once dubbed “Lavender Lake” for its purplish chemical hue.

In 1776, the swampy creek later dredged to make the canal was the scene of fighting in the Battle of Long Island.

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On the Net: www.epa.gov/superfund/

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