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EPA Encourages the Public to Attend Information Sessions on Newtown Creek Superfund Site Cleanup

Release Date: 10/21/2011
Contact Information: Wanda Ayala (212) 637-3676, ayala.wanda@epa.gov

(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is encouraging the public to attend public information sessions on Tuesday, October 25 to discuss upcoming field work at the Newtown Creek Superfund site in Brooklyn and Queens, New York. The work, which includes examining the bottom of the creek and the shorelines, is part of EPA’s investigation that will provide information on the extent of contamination and the risks posed by the site.

EPA added Newtown Creek to its Superfund National Priorities List of the country’s most hazardous waste sites in September 2010 because its water and an estimated one million cubic yards of its sediment contain a range of contaminants including pesticides, heavy metals, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and volatile organic compounds.

EPA representatives will be available to answer questions about the Newtown Creek field work during two days of public information sessions. The first day will be Tuesday, October 25, 2011, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at St. Nick’s Alliance, 2 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn, New York at the space known as Arts@Renaissance at the Garden Level.

The second day of walk-in public information sessions will be Thursday, October 27, 2011 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, New York in Conference Room E-500.

For more information on Newtown Creek, visit http://www.epa.gov/region02/superfund/npl/newtowncreek/.

For a Google Earth aerial view of the Newtown Creek site: http://www.epa.gov/region2/kml/newtown_creek.kml. (Please note that you must have Google Earth installed on your computer to view the map. To download Google Earth, visit http://earth.google.com/download-earth.html).

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