Gowanus Canal gets Superfund status

The Gowanus Canal was given Superfund status by the Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday, which marks the beginning of a cleanup project for the polluted waterway.The

BROOKLYN - The Gowanus Canal was given Superfund status by the Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday, which marks the beginning of a cleanup project for the polluted waterway.

The move goes against the Bloomberg administration, which has been trying to avoid the status. The administration had argued that Superfund status would derail efforts to develop the area and attract businesses.

The EPA said Tuesday that it will install monitoring wells and conduct water pollution tests around the canal. Remediation of the accumulated pollution could take 10 to 12 years, according to the agency.

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