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Red Hook residents object to Gowanus Canal cleanup plan

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Red Hook, Brooklyn, residents Carly Yates and Mark Chin started a group called No Toxic Red Hook. They along with other residents of the neighborhood are saying "No" to the EPA's proposal to clean up the toxic Gowanus Canal, which runs through their community as well as Carroll Gardens and Boerum Hill.

But folks who live in Red Hook, a lower income community with a large minority population, feel that the EPA's plan puts them more at risk.

Part of the cleanup plan involves turning the toxic sludge in to a concrete substance and dump it in to a steel-enclosed container in New York Harbor. There would also be a treatment plant to squeeze the water out of the contaminated sludge. Both of these structures would be built right next to ball fields, a swimming pool, and a massive complex of low-income housing.

Fox 5 reached out to the EPA for comment, but the agency did not get back to us. In recent months, EPA has said the plan is "completely safe or we wouldn't have proposed it."

Residents in Red Hook will have to wait until the end of the summer to see if the EPA listened to their concerns. That is when the EPA is scheduled to announce its final plans for the project.

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