From the Daily News:
The flood waters that inundated the region mixed together a hazardous stew of oil, industrial chemicals and raw sewage that could leave a lasting scar on the environment and make cleanup more difficult and costly.
“This has blown away all worst-case scenarios,” said Paul Gallay, president of the environmental group Riverkeeper.
Gallay and other advocates are that worried that Sandy’s fury washed away toxic materials from Superfund sites like the Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek in Brooklyn.
“It is a pretty serious concern,” said Laura Haight, an environmental specialist with the New York Public Interest Research Group.
State and city officials said they are working to address the environmental issues and are urging New Yorkers to avoid contact with standing water left over from the floods.
State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced Thursday he was dispatching emergency management teams to storm-impacted areas to assist local officials with the clean up.