2011-07-20 / Features

USEPA Ready To Conduct Study Of 200-Year-Old Newtown Creek

The first comprehensive study of Newtown Creek is now ready to begin. Under the direction of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), five companies (Phelps Dodge, BP, Texaco, National Grid and ExxonMobil) known as the Newtown Creek Group, and the city of New York, have jointly finalized a work plan to implement a remedial investigation and feasibility study on Newtown Creek.

“We are pleased that the USEPA has announced that an Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent has been executed and we look forward to working with the USEPA and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to perform the first comprehensive study of Newtown Creek,” Bill Cunningham, spokesperson for the Newtown Creek Group said.

This first-ever study in the almost 200- year history of Newtown Creek as an industrial waterway will entail a multi-year, comprehensive scientific study of the creek and creek bed. The study will be conducted in a highly urbanized area on a working waterway that is still an important commercial thoroughfare.

Since 2009, the Newtown Creek Group has sought to create a cooperative working group that will function under the direction of USEPA on this historic project.

“Today’s announcement means there is a framework and a plan to gather the necessary data from Newtown Creek that will be essential in determining the proper remedial alternatives,” Cunningham added.

The Newtown Creek Group is committed to working cooperatively with fellow respondent, the City of New York, and the USEPA as the project goes forward.

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