Gowanus Canal Cleanup Progressing Despite Sandy: Mayor

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    Officials say $190 million in work to clean up a polluted New York City canal will be finished this year despite delays and damage from Sandy.

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg made the announcement Monday at a wastewater pumping station by the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn.

    The project started in 2009.

    Part of it involves upgrading the pumping station. Officials say that will reduce the amount of times sewage has to be released into the canal during heavy rains. The city's sewer system dates to the 19th century and combines stormwater and sewage.

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    The work also involves upgrading a tunnel that flushes the canal.

    Meanwhile, the federal Environmental Protection Agency proposed a more than $400 million cleanup plan for the canal in December.

    The canal runs through an industrial area.

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