Brian Zumhagen has been a weekend anchor at WNYC since 2003. His career in journalism started in 1993, with an internship in the press office of the German Green Party’s parliamentary delegation. Brian went on to spend the rest of the ‘90s working as a reporter, producer, and fill-in anchor at NPR member station KQED in San Francisco. He’s returned to Germany several times over the years for reporting projects. Most recently, he won a grant from the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship to produce radio features for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before coming to WNYC, Brian was a frequent contributor to PRI’s The World. He reported for the program on 9/11 and served as the show’s United Nations correspondent during the run-up to the Iraq war. Brian lives in Queens with his wife and children.
Queens Wants Equal Attention from EPA During Newtown Creek Cleanup
Friday, October 15, 2010
Newtown Creek, a heavily polluted waterway that separates Queens and Brooklyn, was given designation last month that will allow it to be cleaned up under the federal Superfund program. Now a group of elected officials is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency not to forget the Queens side of the creek. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney says so far, the EPA hasn't studied the creek's impact on Queens communities.
"In all of their preliminary work, they more or less focused only on Kings County, or Brooklyn," Maloney said. "We want them to give equal treatment to both sides, not only in their sampling, not only in their cleanup, but in their research." Maloney is currently running for re-election.
The EPA issued a statement today saying that agency does plan to sample water and sediment from Queens tributaries, which include Dutch Kills, Maspeth Creek and East Branch.
Newtown Creek has been the site of 150 years of industrial pollution, including a massive underground oil spill in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Three of the biggest polluters, oil companies BP, ExxonMobil and Texaco, are expected to pay the lion's share of the cleanup costs, which are currently estimated to be around $400 million dollars.