From the Daily News:
Five polluters are on the hook for a proposed Superfund cleanup of Newtown Creek, federal officials said.
The corporations - oil companies Exxon Mobil, Chevron and BP; gas company National Grid, and mining company Phelps Dodge - are working on a deal to pay for the investigation phase of the cleanup.
The group had been in talks with the state since Attorney General Andrew Cuomo threatened to sue them in 2007, and were "reasonably close to reaching an agreement" when state officials turned the cleanup effort over to the feds, said Sam Ostrow, a spokesman for the group.
All five companies owned properties along the creek that are believed to have spewed toxins into the waterway, which is heavily polluted with heavy metals, coal tar and PCBs.
The Newtown cleanup is expected to take even longer than the proposed Superfund cleanup of the Gowanus Canal, which has sparked a firestorm farther south in Brooklyn.