On May 27, 2014, the EPA sent a letter to New York City warning that it may be compelled to order the City to perform certain Remedial Design actions if negotiations do not move forward to the EPA’s satisfaction.
On Wednesday, May 28, the US Environmental Protection Agency issued a Unilateral Order to the City of New York that compels the City to begin design work for the remedial actions described in the EPA’s Record of Decision (ROD) for the Gowanus Canal, which was signed last year.
Specifically, the EPA’s Order compels New York City to perform the design for siting and building the CSO retention tanks intended to reduce sewage overflows into the Canal, and for the excavation and restoration of the 1st Street Basin, as described in the ROD. The order also asks the City to cooperate and coordinate with the other responsible parties for the dredging and capping portion of the ROD remedy.
CAG Responds to NYS Department of Health’s Draft Public Health Assessment
On February 1, 2014, the New York State Department of Health released its Public Health Assessment for the Gowanus Canal. At the March 25th CAG meeting, the DOH presented their findings to the CAG and responded to questions about the draft report. The CAG prepared written comments that were submitted to the Department of Health, Bureau of Environmental Exposure Investigation during the comment period.
CAG comments: GowanusCAG_HealthAssessmentComments-1
The NYS DOH Public Health Assessment: www.health.ny.gov/environmental/investigation/gowanus/
The Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group (CAG) is a forum for information and dialogue between representatives of the community and the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection (US EPA) about the Superfund clean-up of the Gowanus Canal. The Gowanus CAG, sanctioned and supported by the EPA, was formed in 2010 soon after the Gowanus Canal was designated a Superfund site.
The Gowanus Canal CAG is one of the largest, most active in the United States and is made up of over 50 representatives from civic, environmental, business and community organizations as well as individual members, all of whom are stakeholders in the community around the Gowanus Canal and impacted by the EPA’s Superfund process.
The Gowanus Canal CAG activities include reviewing EPA materials, studies and recommendations, as well as examining related issues of concern surrounding the Canal. The CAG adopts positions that members vote upon, acting as a communication link with the EPA and an inclusive voice for the community. The CAG is comprised entirely of volunteer members, who strive to understand the issues and disseminate this information to the community at large.
Please join us at monthly General CAG and committee meetings, all of which are open to the public. (see calendar).
For more information on EPA CAGs: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/community/cag/whatis.htm