In 2010 Newtown Creek was named a Superfund site by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). The Superfund program has the resources to mediate some of the nation’s most contaminated areas and responds to environmental emergencies, oil spills and natural disasters. To protect public health and the environment, the Superfund program focuses on making a visible and lasting difference in communities, ensuring that people can live and work in healthy, vibrant places.
The Superfund process promises to be a lengthy investment of time and resources in achieving a thorough cleanup of toxic contaminants that pose risk to human health and ecological systems. The community has a strong role in the process and the Community Advisory Group (CAG) holds regular public meetings to allow for presentations and updates by the EPA, responsible parties and other agencies involved in the cleanup effort.