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Draft Scope for the Gowanus Canal Combined Sewer Overflow Facilities Project Environmental Impact Statement

CEQR No. 17DEP040K

Project Description

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), as lead agency, must prepare an environmental review to disclose potential adverse significant environmental impacts from the construction and operation of two combined sewer overflow (CSO) tank facilities. This will inform City of New York (City) decision makers prior to any decision for siting two tanks that are the subject of land use approvals under ULURP. This Project is required by the EPA to support the remediation of the Gowanus Canal (the Canal) under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA or Superfund). The Project will be reviewed in accordance with the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR), and the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). Following the designation of the Canal as a Superfund site by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in 2010, USEPA issued a Record of Decision (ROD) in September 2013 that described the USEPA-selected remedy to meet preliminary remediation goals (PRGs) for the Canal. These included remediation of industrial contamination within the Canal and control of CSO solids from discharges in order to protect the remedy when completed. Since the Project may have a significant adverse impact on the environment, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared.

A Draft Scoping Document for the Gowanus Canal Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Facilities Project EIS was issued on April 4th, 2017, and distributed for public review and comment. A public meeting will be held on May 4th, 2017, at 7:00 PM, at P.S 32 in Brooklyn, New York. An hour prior to the meeting, there will be an informal information and listening session. The public comment period will close on May 14th, 2017.

Please note that the public comment period has been extended to June 16th, 2017.

This document is available at the NYCDEP website.


Rasheed Lucas, Project Manager
Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis,
New York City Department of Environmental Protection
59-17 Junction Blvd,
11th Floor
Flushing, NY 11373-5108


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