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Gowanus Canal Is Now A Superfund Site

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The Gowanus Canal is becoming a federal Superfund site.

Judith Enck, the regional administrator of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, says officials believe it will lead to the "most efficient and comprehensive cleanup" of the polluted 140-year-old Brooklyn waterway.

The city had fought the Superfund listing, arguing that it would hinder its rezoning and development plans. One developer, Toll Brothers, tells WNYC it will be pulling out of its plans to build about 450 apartments along the canal.