Where are they now: Superfund — pro or con?

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“I’m for cleaning the Gowanus Canal the best way and the quickest way.” [Would not say if he supports the Superfund designation].
John Heyer

“I would want a commitment from the Environmental Protection Agency of funding up front, rather than going through litigation. … A Superfund designation without any resources is no help to us.”
Brad Lander

“It’s a tremendously positive development. … There’s stimulus money in Superfund.”
Gary Reilly

“I’m 100 percent for the EPA coming in. We should make sure it’s clean before we put people there.”
Josh Skaller

“I’m leaning towards supporting Superfund [but] I’m concerned about the coordination of efforts from the city, state and EPA.”
Bob Zuckerman

Lots of topics came up at the “Dazzle Me” candidates’ forum last week, but the biggest issue (judging by the crowd reaction) was whether the Gowanus Canal should become a federal Superfund site. Here’s what the Democratic candidates to succeed Councilman Bill DeBlasio (D–Park Slope) said about this murky topic:

Updated 5:12 pm, July 9, 2018
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elizabeth from columbia waterfront says:
How come you do not mention the 6th candidate(Green Party) David Pechefsky ?
He was there too!
April 29, 2009, 12:47 pm
Jim from Park Slope says:
PRESS RELEASE—For immediate release

Press contact: Jim Vogel 718-689-4384

NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery has written to the United States Environmental Protection Agency supporting the designation of the Gowanus Canal for inclusion in the list of Superfund sites.

In her letter Senator Montgomery recognized the economic potential of the area and said that, “While the economic development of this artery is crucial to the future of New York City sustainable, healthy development is only possible in a sustainable, healthy environment.” She continued, “Much of the development proposed for the areas surrounding the Gowanus Canal, such as the Public Place project, envision much needed affordable housing with parks and playgrounds for the families living there. However I cannot in good conscience support development on contaminated land. The area must be made safe for current and future generations.”

Senator Montgomery recognizes that a number of cleanup programs have been initiated by the City and State, as well as the US Army Corps of Engineers, but has concluded these existing programs will benefit from the coordination afforded by Superfund status. She is requesting from the EPA details on their plans for coordinating the existing and proposed cleaning efforts, and an expedited operations schedule

Since the creation of the Superfund program in 1980, over 2,000 contaminated sites have been successfully remediated. The Superfund Redevelopment Initiative was created in 1989 to aid communities in the redevelopment of former Superfund cleanup sites. More information about the Superfund program is available at
May 5, 2009, 11:36 am

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