SOURCES OF CONTAMINATION

Decades of industrial and municipal use contributed to the contamination of the Gowanus Canal. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)‘s Remedial Investigation (RI) identified waste from tanneries, factories, and chemical plants that freely flowed into the canal. A key feature of the EPA’s Superfund process is the “enforcement first” policy, which identifies Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) for contamination. The map shown below identifies the parties that have received general notice letters from the EPA informing them that they are a responsible party and that they share responsibility for the entire canal.

For more information on the land these organizations own along the canal, click on the corresponding color on the map below. For the latest information on the search for PRPs, visit the EPA’s Gowanus Superfund website.

CSO/Stormwater Outfalls
Bayside Fuel Oil Corp.
Beazer Inc, East
Brink's Inc.
Chemtura Corp.
Chevron USA, Inc.
Cibro Petroleum Products, Inc. & Bayside Fuel Oil Corp.
Citigroup, Inc./MRC Holdings
City of New York
ConocoPhillips Co. & H.J. Baker & Bro., Inc.
Consolidated Edison Co. of New York, Inc.
Daniel Tinneny
Dun & Bradstreet Corp. & Cooper Standard Automotive, Inc.
ExxonMobil Corp.
Hess (Amerada Hess Corp.)
Honeywell International, Inc.
Kraft Foods Global, Inc. & Stauffer Management Company, LLC
MCIZ Corp.
National Grid USA
NIC Holding Corp.
NL Industries, Inc.
Northeastern Plastics, Inc., TDA Industries
Patterson Fuel Oil Company
Rapid American Oil*
Rapid American Corp.
Rexam Beverage Can Co. & Beam, Inc.
U.S. Navy & U.S. Maritime Commission
U.S. Postal Service & U.S. General Service Administration
Verizon New York, Inc.