Jenna Flanagan has been an Associate Producer and contributing reporter for WNYC's All Things Considered, local news since 2006. Prior to that, she worked for 3 years as a general assignment reporter for the WBGO news department and won a Garden State Association of Black Journalists award.
EPA Mulls Gowanus Canal for Superfund
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
New York, NY –
How polluted is the Gowanus Canal? The federal Environmental Protection Agency wants to find out. It's proposing putting the industrial waterway in Brooklyn on its Superfund site. Councilman David Yassky, whose district includes the nearly two-mile long canal, says this is good news.
YASSKY: The Gowanus Canal, if it's cleaned up, we can then have housing and restaurants and the whole waterfront life right alongside it. But first we gotta clean it up.
Tests have found PCBs, pesticides, toxic metals and volatile organic contaminants in the canal's sediments. The EPA is collecting public comment on its Superfund proposal for the next 60 days.