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December 20th, Newtown Creek Superfund Awareness Bike Tour

Ryan sent me this:

NAG (Neighbors Against Garbage) presents:

Sunday, December 20, 2009
10:00am – 1:00pm
110 Kent Ave,@ N8 Street, Williamsburg Brooklyn

December 20 2009­­ In lieu of the recent controversy surrounding Newtown Creek’s potential Federal
Superfund status, North Brooklyn activist organization Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) will
host an informational bike tour to better prepare residents and concerned citizens for the vital public
comment period, which ends on December 23, 2009.

The bike tour, written by activist Ryan Kuonen, will focus on the past efforts of North Brooklyn
residents to inspire a clean up of the heavily industrial waterway and the toxic legacy that has haunted it
for the last 100 years. Beginning with the early work of the “Smell Club” from the 1890s up to the
more recent court cases included Greenpoint vs. Exxon Mobil, the bike tour is an outreach effort to
inspire at least a handful of the estimated thousands of effected residents who live within the 1.25 mile
radius of the highly toxic site to encourage Federal action.

Newtown Creek contains at least 30 million gallons of spilled oil alongside runover from New York
City’s raw sewage system. The Superfund status would enable the EPA to sue Newtown Creek’s
biggest polluters. The list will likely include New York City itself. The City has been holding
community meetings in order to raise skepticism of the EPA’s process.

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