Federal environmental officials may be getting their hands dirtier than they expected as they embark on a massive clean-up of the fetid Gowanus Canal.
Environmental Protection Agency representatives told a community advisory group this week that they are close to a decision on whether the proposed $500-million Superfund clean-up will include fixing the waterway’s main lingering problem: the raw sewage that routinely overwhelms the canal during heavy rainfall.
News that the federal agency is even examining the sewage problem is significant because the feds have insisted that their concern is the legacy of industrial pollution buried in the sediment along the 1.8-mile waterway — and not the sewage overflows, which occur when stormwater overwhelms the city’s archaic sewage system, dumping a disgusting slurry of human waste directly into the canal.
Critics of the federal effort believe that the Superfund clean-up will fail unless something is done about the 300 million gallons of befouled water that dumps into the waterway each year…
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