Residents fight to save community pool after EPA says it must be closed to clean Gowanus Canal

Gowanus residents are fighting to keep a neighborhood pool open after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has to close it down to

The EPA would have to close the pool in order to clean pollution from the Gowanus Canal.

The EPA would have to close the pool in order to clean pollution from the Gowanus Canal. (4/18/13)

BROOKLYN - Gowanus residents are fighting to keep a neighborhood pool open after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has to close it down to clean up pollution from the Gowanus Canal.

The EPA says it would have to put an underground tank on the same property as the pool, which is located only a few blocks from the canal. The tank would keep raw sewage from flowing into the canal.

Some residents say that they have no problem with the proposed efforts to clean up the infamously polluted Gowanus Canal, but they do not want it to be at the expense of the pool.

The EPA says the pool has not yet been selected for the tank site. However, if it is, the EPA says it will reconstruct the pool on top of it as soon as the work is finished.

The public comment period ends on April 27. Residents have a petition and are collecting signatures to save the pool.

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