Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Queens, Manhattan) met with Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith Enck last week in Washington and received an update on the progress of the first study of the pollutants in Newtown Creek since it was designated a Superfund cleanup site last year. A photo from last week's meeting is attached.
"She told me it was going well, but still has a long way to go," Maloney said. The study, used to provide a "baseline' measure of the type, nature and quantity of pollutants in the creek, is the initial step in the cleanup. Once the pollutants are identified, remedies will be considered and chosen and the cleanup will begin. Overall, the process will take a number of years.
"For more than a century, Newtown Creek historically has been home to industries that poured a wide-open spigot of pollutants into the creek," Maloney said. "As a result, for generations Newtown Creek has been one of the most polluted waterways in the country. I'm grateful that Newtown Creek was designated a Superfund site. Restoring its health will make the neighborhood a safer place to live, and ultimately give residents of western Queens improved access to a beautiful waterfront."