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Gowanus Canal Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Facilities Project EIS

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 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.

Notice of Public Hearing

DEP issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Project in September 2017. A public hearing on the DEIS was held January 17, 2018. The hearing began at 10 AM and was located at Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007. The Final Scope of Work, DEIS, and Notice of Public Hearing is available below. DEP is inviting comments on this DEIS from other government agencies, local municipalities, public officials, and the public. Written comments from the public will be accepted until January 29th, 2018.


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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