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EPA in no rush to Superfund; more tests coming for filthy canal

Cleaning Our Waterways: Hopes for the Gowanus Canal to quickly be designated a Superfund site were reined in last Thursday night as a top federal official cautioned that it is very rare for a proposal to be approved in less than a year. Comments (6)
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Here’s Frank’s take on the Gowanus Canal

Rhythm & News: It’s Frank Hoier’s “Rhythm and News” — and it’s only on BrooklynPaper.com. Comments (7)
Cleaning Our Waterways: The federal government is now looking at charging the U.S. Navy and the city of New York for the clean-up of the fetid Gowanus Canal. Comments (7)

Teens make their Gowanus death masks

Cleaning Our Waterways: Finally, teens have turned the Gowanus Canal into a macabre costume party. Comments (2)

State caught in ‘Superflop’

Cleaning Our Waterways: The Paterson administration has backed away from its surprise call last year to have the federal government lead a Superfund clean-up of the Gowanus Canal — and now says the Environmental Protection Agency should “carefully review” an alternate proposal from Mayor Bloomberg for decontaminating the waterway. Comments (5)

Warehouse wall collapses — just as Guskind said it would!

Gowanus: A Smith Street warehouse, which had received numerous safety complaints and inspections this year, partially collapsed on Monday night, damaging seven cars and fulfilling a prophesy of a local blogger. Comments (2)

Paterson flip flops on the Canal

Cartoon: Our cartoonist Cristian Fleming thinks the state’s flip-flop on federal Superfund designation for the Gowanus Canal shows how lame Gov. Paterson is. Comments (1)
Cleaning Our Waterways: The Gowanus Canal is in an unusual position of having two governments bitterly fighting for the right to clean the horribly toxic waterway — and both Mayor Bloomberg and the federal Environmental Protection Agency are upping the rhetoric with less than a week left in the public debate. Comments (4)
Cleaning Our Waterways: The proposed Sponge Park along the banks of the fetid Gowanus Canal is finally living up to its name in one way: it’s soaking up federal money. Comments (3)
Cleaning Our Waterways: NEWS ANALYSIS: Both proposals for cleaning the Gowanus Canal are flawed. Comments (6)

Other big news from the Gowanus Canal hearing

Cleaning Our Waterways: Other big details about the far-reaching impact of a Superfund designation for the Gowanus Canal trickled out of Tuesday’s meeting. Here’s a round-up of all the major action. Comments (2)

Superfund showdown on the Gowanus

Cleaning Our Waterways: A proposal for a federally overseen clean-up of the Gowanus Canal sounds like something that everyone can get behind, but it’s actually pitting neighbor against neighbor over facts and hearsay that are as murky as the waterway itself. Comments (4)

Superfund answers are lacking

Editorial: There remain many unanswered questions about the federal plan to make the Gowanus Canal a Superfund site. Comments (9)
Cleaning Our Waterways: The ongoing fight between Mayor Bloomberg and the federal government over the cleanup of the heavily polluted Gowanus Canal is not just about protecting proposed real-estate projects, but also the city treasury. Comments (14)

Brooklyn Paper Web chatter

Letters: This week, most of our online comments were about our coverage of the Gowanus Canal clean-up. Comment

Superfund case studies: Is federal intervention the way to go

Cleaning Our Waterways: There’s substantial debate over whether federal Superfund designation is a good thing or a bad thing for a toxic site. Here are some case studies. Comments (4)

Superfund or Superbad? Let the Explainer explain it all to you

The Explainer: People have lots of questions about a proposal to make the Gowanus Canal a federal Superfund site, so sit back and let the Explainer learn you a thing or two. Comments (5)

Superfund hype

Editorial: The Brooklyn Paper questions federal intervention in cleaning up the Gowanus Canal. Comments (3)
Cleaning Our Waterways: Mayor Bloomberg last night trashed a federal proposal to dub the toxic Gowanus Canal a “Superfund site,” saying that such a designation would stifle private investment near the waterway and impede the city’s own environmental remediation. Comments (13)
Cleaning Our Waterways: The fetid Gowanus Canal is on track for a federal clean-up — but it could also flush the canal zone’s first major residential complex. Comments (8)
Gowanus: A development company’s goal of transforming a stretch of the Gowanus Canal into a 447-unit project with a scenic esplanade along the fetid waterway earned the overwhelming support of the City Council on Wednesday. Comments (7)
Gowanus: Councilman Bill DeBlasio will support a controversial, mixed-income housing development along the fetid Gowanus Canal — the latest indication that the project is steamrolling towards approval. Comments (3)
Gowanus: A controversial mixed-income housing project on the banks of the Gowanus Canal quietly passed another hurdle in the public review process when the Department of City Planning approved it with almost no fanfare two weeks ago. Comments (10)

CB6 to Toll Brothers: Put housing promise in writing

Gowanus: Community Board 6 has rescinded its approval of a controversial residential development on the Carroll Gardens side of the fetid Gowanus Canal unless the developer promises — in writing — to include below-market-rate housing in the 447-unit project. Comments (5)

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