As hundreds of toxic sites await cleanup, questions over Superfund program’s future

More than 100 years after industries began dumping toxic chemicals into New York City’s Gowanus Canal, a long-awaited cleanup through the federal Superfund program is underway.

The first phases of the $506 million remediation project are set to begin this year after the Environmental Protection Agency declared the 1.8-mile canal a Superfund site in 2010 and as the neighborhood undergoes a period of rapid development.

Formally referred to as the Comprehensive Environmental Response,...

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