EPA lobbied for funds to clean up Gravesend Bay

A lawmaker is fighting against a plan to build a waste transfer station at polluted Gravesend Bay.Assemblyman William Colton and residents worry the city's plan

GRAVESEND - A lawmaker is fighting against a plan to build a waste transfer station at polluted Gravesend Bay.

Assemblyman William Colton and residents worry the city's plan to dredge the bay would stir pollutants. According to Colton, the site is one of the most polluted in the area. In addition to once housing an illegal incinerator operation, World War II explosives are also believed to be buried in the area."They cannot disregard the health and safety of people," Colton says. "There must be a proper study."

Colton has enlisted the help of an environmental lawyer to lobby the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to deem Gravesend Bay a Superfund site. The toxic sites become eligible for federal funds for a cleanup.

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