Monday, October 26, 2015

Tonight, EPA To Update Community Board 6 On Sitting Of CSO Retention Tanks Mandated By Gowanus Canal Superfund Remedial Plan

Christopher Swain Gowanus Swim
Representatives of the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 will attend Community Board 6's Environmental Protection Committee meeting tonight, October 26th, to specifically talk about the siting of two Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) retention tanks to capture storm water and sewage currently being discharged into the Gowanus Canal.

The Federal agency has ordered the New York City Department Of Environmental Protection (DEP) to construct the 8 million gallon and 4 million gallon tanks to protect EPA's Superfund remedy for the canal.

The update given by EPA tonight is important because it may give the community an idea of where the two tanks will be constructed by the City of New York: on land owned by the City or on private land that the City would need to acquire by eminent domain.

If Judith Enck, Administrator for EPA Region 2 allows the City to go the eminent domain route, it may delay the overall clean-up by as much as 4 to 5 years, according to her own team.

I urge everyone to take the time to come tonight.

From Community Board 6' Environmental Protection Committee meeting notice:
"Update and discussion with representatives for the Environmental Protection Agency on the siting decisions related to the Gowanus Canal Superfund remedial plan item which mandates the construction of retention tanks to capture stormwater currently discharged into the canal."
October 26th
6:30 PM
P.S. 32 Auditorium
317 Hoyt Street
(Union & President Streets)



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