THE CONTAMINATED ZONE:
It's at least 55 acres— an area roughly the size of Tribeca.
1. Health Risks: The subsoil near the water is so saturated with toxins that you can light it on fire.
2. Property Damage: Carcinogenic vapor from the spill may be making its way through the soil and into people's homes.
3. Environmental Damage: Containment booms now capture the ooze that's seeping into the water, but Newton Creek is still too polluted to sustain life.
We're sure the City of New York is kicking itself for not pushing earlier for the cleanup of Newtown Creek:
Think of all that pricey real estate just going to waste!
Illustration by Jason Lee from NY Magazine
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