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Feds to Gowanus Canal: You Stink

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According to an EPA press release, the Gowanus Canal?everyone's favorite 1.8-mile-long bucket of goo?is being considered for Superfund status. Superfund sites are the worst of the worst (like nuclear meltdown bad), and getting listed gives the EPA broad authority to go in and clean up. Says the EPA: "Sampling has shown the sediments in the Gowanus Canal to be contaminated with a variety of pollutants, including pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), metals and volatile organic contaminants (VOCs), and significant contamination associated with coal tar." Yum. A cleaned-up canal would certainly help out all those big residential plans in the area, but a Gowanus with no summertime stench? Hard to imagine. [First & Court]