Anyone that knows about fetid NYC waterways knows Newtown Creek is the granddaddy of them all, a body of water so foul it makes the Gowanus Canal look like the Italian spring from which Pelligrino water comes. Now, Rep. Anthony D. Weiner and Nydia M. Velázquez are calling for tests that could lead the creek that separates Brooklyn and Queens to be put into the Federal Superfund program. They even used the old Sunday press conference trick to generate extra coverage. The call for the faster cleanup was held at an unfinished park at the end of Manhattan Avenue across from all the condos going up in Long Island City. According to the Times, the EPA would have to find "significant levels" of toxins, chemicals and waste in the canal and environments. Among the problems at Newtown Creek are the Exxon Oil Spill, which is in the 17-30 million gallon range and sloshing around under Greenpoint. The creek also used to the be the site of industries like copper smelting.
· Lawmakers Ask E.P.A. to Help with Creek Cleanup [NYT]
· Lawmakers want feds to declare Newtown Creek a Superfund site [NYDN]
· Press Conference at Newtown Creek [New York Shitty]