Monday, March 22, 2021

Voice Of Gowanus Releases New Environmental Baselines For Just And Sustainable Development In Gowanus


Today, members of Voice Of Gowanus gathered next to the Public Place site on 5th Street at Hoyt Street to release their new Environmental Baselines for Just and Sustainable Development in Gowanus. The location was significant since Public Place is a polluted former manufactured gas plant site, which has been proposed for housing under the Gowanus rezoning

From a press release by VoG: 

The group was unequivocal: Before any proposed rezoning in Gowanus may proceed,  five baselines for environmental and human health must be met.  The baselines are built upon new legal and environmental expert analysis commissioned by VOG.

The coalition also demanded that FEMA and the EPA be full co-lead agencies in preparing the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Gowanus rezoning given the neighborhood's notorious flooding, sewage, and toxicity problems.  Any EIS without EPA and FEMA as co-lead agencies is insufficient and invalid.

Voice of Gowanus and a panel of experts will further review the health and environmental issues that must be addressed prior to any rezoning at its Fight for Gowanus: Townhall Panel Discussion on March 24 at 6:30 pm (full details and registration here).

Click here for full Baselines Document

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