Feds win $4M for Gowanus cleanup

The United States government has entered into a $3.9 million settlement agreement for the cleanup of the Gowanus Canal with a chemical manufacturing firm that is tied up in bankruptcy proceedings, federal officials said today.

Connecticut-based Chemtura agreed to pay for the remediation of the Gowanus Canal Superfund site in Brooklyn. The proposal resolves a claim by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency against the company.

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The Chemtura signed the agreement today with the office of the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan and the EPA.

The settlement has not yet been approved by a bankruptcy judge in Manhattan, and the government asked that it not be approved until after a 30-day public comment period. TRD