Brooklyn officials offer cleanup plan, try to avoid Superfund status

07/1/2009 | NYTimes.com

Brooklyn officials have proposed an alternative cleanup plan for the Gowanus Canal in which the polluters would voluntarily pay for the cleanup, which would be supervised by the Environmental Protection Agency. The canal is contaminated with pollutants, and city officials hope to keep it from being labeled a Superfund site. The EPA has estimated cleanup costs of between $300 million and $400 million and is concerned that the number of polluters involved could make the alternative proposal difficult.

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