EPA Report, Companies Potentially Liable for Gowanus Canal

February 1, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Trash and sludge are visible in the heavily polluted Gowanus Canal (Amal Chen/Epoch Times)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an update on potentially responsible parties in the cleanup of the heavily polluted Gowanus Canal through January 2012 on Tuesday.

The report stated 28 companies as well as New York City, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Postal Service, and the U.S. General Services Administration received notices of potential liability as well as information request letters. The report also listed 54 companies that were only sent information request letters.

The EPA is giving the companies three to six months to respond to the letters, but it stated it will continue to pursue parties for up to six years, when the statute of limitations runs out.

Chemtura Corp. has already paid the EPA $3.9 million to resolve its liability.

A proposed cleanup plan is due late summer, and a solution selection is expected by the end of 2012.