Streams

Underreported Update: Newtown Creek

Thursday, April 16, 2009

We take a look at the status of cleanup efforts in the heavily polluted Newtown creek on Brooklyn/Queens border. Alex Matthiessen and Phillip Musegaas are with the Riverkeeper organization.

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Alex Matthiessen and Phillip Musegaas
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Comments [3]

catherine from katonah, ny

I was the pregnant women who called in just over 3 years ago cocerned about my baby! i moved to westchester shortly after your program on the spill in greenpoint and dont regret it for a minute! i am at ease about the health of my child now- and have had another since!
thanks for all the great info
cc

Apr. 16 2009 01:44 PM
Anonymous from NYC

I'm an engineer that worked for one of the contractors that built the new sewage treatment plant. My understanding was that DEP made a deal with Exxon whereby DEP bought the land for a token sum and got to build the plant at Exxon's indirect expense. This way, the excavation would "mostly" take care of the cleanup and Exxon can avoid admission of wrongdoing and keep it's name off of a very visible cleanup.
In my view, this deal ammounts to collusion between Exxon and our city and state gov't. DEP is NOT a white knight. That plant has far more problems than they're willing to admit. There are good reasons it's so over budget and delayed by years.

Apr. 16 2009 01:40 PM
Anna from Greenpoint

I think the residents of Greenpoint need an understanding of the potential threat posed by this historic spill. I've been a resident of Greenpoint for 5 years and want to get involved. What can we do?

Apr. 16 2009 01:40 PM

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