The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to make a major announcement about Newtown Creek.
Sources tell NY1 that the EPA plans to designate it a superfund site during a conference call on Monday.
In 2008, the EPA agreed to test the amount of toxic chemicals and hazardous waste in the creek, to determine whether it should be a superfund site.
The designation would make it eligible for federal funding to cover most of the costs.
The creek, which borders Brooklyn and Queens, was the site of a massive underground oil spill believed to have started in the 1950s that went unnoticed until 1978.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Newtown Creek to get Superfund status
Posted by Queens Crapper at 1:17 AM
Labels: contamination, EPA, Newtown Creek, oil, superfund
"The creek, which borders Brooklyn and Queens, was the site of a massive underground oil spill believed to have started in the 1950s that went unnoticed until 1978."
Wondeful. No other sentence can give you a better idea about the kind of city we live in.
Crappy, do you have more details about the spill?
Here you go.
Greenpoint Oil Spill on Newtown Creek
Here's more proof of the kind of city we live in:
"In a 1978 helicopter patrol, the US Coast Guard discovered a large plume of oil flowing out of the banks of the creek. Virtually no action was taken until 1990, when the state entered into consent orders with ExxonMobil."
So they let it fester for 40 years...
Great place for luxury condos to 'spill over' to.
Get it? "spill over"...
Wasn't there a case against declaring superfund status for the Gowanus canal because that would scare off condo buyers? Or was that about Newtown creek?
That was Gowanus.
Newtown Creek was America's first toxic waste site going all the back to skinning the pelts off beavers and throwing the carcases into the creek. It is the only place in America already so toxic where a new spill could remain unnoticed for 25 years.
Be proud, Brooklyn and Queens.
Wait until the Newtoen Freek live in the Newtoen Creek
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