2.Ensure that the Gowanus Canal Cleanup is comprehensive
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The Gowanus Canal Cleanup must be comprehensive.

The Record of Decision for the Gowanus Cleanup requires the dredging of extremely contaminated sediment, as well as measures designed to prevent the re-contamination of the Canal from nearby polluted brownfield sites. In addition to dredging, a comprehensive cleanup should also include significant water quality improvements through a combination of measures. These include:

+ Two CSO retention tanks that meet or exceed the goals in the EPA Record of Decision, at sites supported by science and engineering, agreed upon in dialogue with residents, and that do not compromise public open space and recreation;

+ Green infrastructure throughout the entire drainage area to the Canal as a method to reduce storm water runoff;

+ A plan for new bulkheads once dredging has been completed;

+ Remediation of brownfields that impact the Canal.

To accomplish all of these projects successfully, to make sound choices based on the best information, and to minimize their impacts on residents, the EPA effort must be closely coordinated with the upcoming DEP Long-Term Control Plan (LTCP) and the NYS DEC supervised remediation of the coal-tar at the three manufactured-gas plant sites. The Environmental Quality Partnership (recommendation 10 in this section) will be essential to accomplishing this.1)Information about NIEHS’ Minority Worker Training Program is available at http://www.niehs.nih.gov/careers/hazmat/about_wetp/

Critically, and as recommended in the ”Making Sure Manufacturing Can Thrive” section of this report, special attention must be paid to linking jobs created by the Superfund effort with local job training and placement. Local workforce organizations should be supported to develop programs to train local residents in the skills needed for related jobs. The EPA should collaborate closely to help identify needed skills, Superfund cleanup monies and National Institute of Environmental Health and Safety (NIEHS) funding may be a source of support for this effort.Information about NIEHS’ Minority Worker Training Program is available at http://www.niehs.nih.gov/careers/hazmat/about_wetp/

 

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1. Information about NIEHS’ Minority Worker Training Program is available at http://www.niehs.nih.gov/careers/hazmat/about_wetp/