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Future Fish & Wildlife Biologists Learn About Environmental Restoration

Date Posted: April 2, 2010

Michigan State University's senior-level "Topics in Toxicology" course students learned about the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) and remedial provisions of the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, using the ongoing work on the Hudson River as a case study, from Environmental Contaminants Biologist Kathryn Jahn on March 31, 2010. 

The FWS, through the U.S. Department of Interior, with our co-Trustees New York State and the Department of Commerce, is engaged in an effort to assess injury to Hudson River natural resources from discharges of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and restore those injured natural resources. The first phase of dredging on the Hudson River was conducted by General Electric, with oversight from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in May-October 2009. Students in the course had already benefited from other presentations on PCBs, dioxins, furans, the effect of those compounds on wildlife, and ecological risk assessment, providing a good background for discussion of NRDA and remediation on the Hudson River.

The students were also encouraged to consider a career in Federal service and provided information on Office of Personnel Management web sites and others to investigate such employment options.

Contacts:

Kathryn Jahn, Kathryn Jahn@fws.gov

Links:
Environmental Contaminants Program - Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)

Environmental Contaminants Program - Hudson River Natural Resource Damage Assessment

Last updated: February 13, 2013