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Superfund Listings

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) placed both the Gowanus Canal (in March 2010) and Newtown Creek (in September 2010) on the CERCLA National Priorities List. CERCLA, commonly known as Superfund, is a federal statute aimed at cleaning up sites that are contaminated with hazardous substances. Both of these channels have a long history as industrial waterways dating back to the 1800s. The main goal of the Superfund process is to clean up the contamination that has accumulated in the sediments at the bottom of these waterbodies as a result of these historic industrial uses.



Gowanus Canal

Gowanus Canal
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Newtown Creek

Newtown Creek
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Strategy 2011-2014