From the Daily News re: the cleanup of the Gowanus Canal:
De Blasio conceded the city's plan is a "short-term" solution, but said funding for a comprehensive cleanup could be cobbled together from other sources and that the waterway is safe to live near.
"You don't want to drink out of it, you don't want to eat fish out of it, but it is not a danger to live near it," he said.
Federal officials have found high levels of cancer-causing PCBs and metals such as mercury and arsenic in the Gowanus Canal. While contaminants at many hazardous waste sites are measured in parts per million, levels of coal tar more than four parts per hundred were found in canal sediments.
This has caused some in Brooklyn to question deBlasio's motives.
Keep this in mind when you cast your ballot in the public advocate's race. It's not about people's health. It's about developer bank account health. Just ask a Gowanus Canal fisherman. One thing everyone can agree on is that this stinks.