EPA Will Finally Fix Poisonous Plumes in Greenpoint and East Williamsburg

Federal EPA officials said they will spend a million dollars on a five-year plan to measure and mitigate poisonous vapors that may have “potentially impacted” more than a thousand Brooklyn properties in East Williamsburg and Greenpoint for decades, Gothamist reports. The Meeker Avenue plume, which was first discovered in 2005, spans about 45 blocks and is the result of toxic chemicals left by local dry cleaners, foundries, and metalworking shops.

“The state has known that there is a potential threat for nearly 20 years, but the people who are being exposed haven’t known what their exposure might be,“ said Willis Elkins, executive director of the Newtown Creek Alliance.

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