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Newtown Creek Awaits Superfund Cleanup

by Associated Press
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Kilgub, flickr

Among Most Polluted in US, NYC Area Awaits Cleanup

Just across the East River from midtown Manhattan's shimmering skyscrapers sits one of the country's most polluted neighborhoods.

Straddling Brooklyn and Queens, Newtown Creek was fouled by generations of industrial waste - making it a federal Superfund site.

Nearby is an underground oil leak bigger than the spill from the Exxon Valdez tanker in Alaska.

These days, the creek also gets the overflow from the city's sewage system when it rains.

After a century of neglect, the first steps are being taken toward a cleanup of the creek, with scientists testing the water. It could take a dozen years and cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

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