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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Jeffrey Edelstein Chosen As Neutral Facilitator For Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group


Jeffrey Edelstein of Edelstein Associates

Jeffrey Edelstein of Edelstein Associates has been chosen by the Carroll Gardens/ Gowanus Canal Area residents to be the Neutral Facilitator for the Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group (CAG). On May 11th, the Environmental Protection Agency had invited local residents to chose between Mr. Edelstein and Steve Shapiro of Certus Strategies as facilitator.
Superfund Community Advisory Group is made up of members of the community, and is designed to serve as the focal point for the exchange of information among the local community and EPA, the State regulatory agency, and other pertinent Federal agencies involved in cleanup of the Superfund site. As its facilitator, Mr. Ed
will serve as a representative for the CAG and will help its members understand the technical and scientific information put forth by the EPA .

Below is the official announcement by the EPA on Mr. Edelstein's selection.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Edelstein of Edelstein Associates has been selected by the Gowanus community to act as the neutral facilitator for the Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group. Mr. Edelstein is a professional environmental engineer with 20 years of expertise in storm water, wastewater and the Clean Water Act. He holds a BS. from Cornell University’s School of Biological and Environmental Engineering, and has trained in public policy dispute resolution at the Muskie School of Public Service, the University of Southern Maine Mediation Institute, the Consensus Building Institute, and the Lincoln Center for Land Policy. In addition, Mr. Edelstein is on the national mediation/facilitation roster of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (USIECR), and is actively involved in initiatives that help grow and improve the practice of Environmental Conflict Resolution.

The Gowanus Canal is a recently listed Superfund site located in Brooklyn, New York.

Mr. Edelstein will now begin to work with the communities impacted by the site to help form the Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group.

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