Government to release report on Gowanus Canal pollution

BROOKLYN - The federal Environmental Protection Agency is set to release the findings of its study on the Gowanus Canal's pollution levels this evening. Investigation of the canal began last year when the EPA put it on its superfund list, making it eligible for federal money.

After the results are released tonight, it's expected to take at least 10 years to implement a plan and actually finish cleaning the canal up. The study has been met with disapproval from local business owners and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who are concerned that the canal's superfund status will scare away development. Those against the plan also believe the city can clean up the canal faster than the federal government.

The EPA says it holds around 10 companies responsible for the canal's pollution and they'll be the ones responsible for paying for the cleanup. The results of the study will be presented at a meeting held tonight at 6:30 p.m. at 317 Hoyt St. in Brooklyn.

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