Friday, October 14, 2011
22 years is optimistic...
From the Daily News:
A waterway teeming with sewage and toxins that separates Queens and Brooklyn is about to get a much-needed makeover.
The first stage of the Newtown Creek cleanup, which includes determining the extent of the contamination, is to start this month, federal officials said Tuesday.
"It's never going to be pristine, the way it was 500 years ago," said Walter Mugdan, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official who oversees all the Superfund sites in the region, including Newtown.
"But we can make it dramatically cleaner that it is now."
Public meetings on the clean-up project are slated for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 27 at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City.
The process is expected to take 18 to 22 years, and could cost up to $1 billion - funded by the city and the five companies that dumped pollutants into Newtown, Mugdan said during a boat trip with elected officials down the murky, blue-brown waterway.