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Public Comment Open - Damage Assessment Plan, Cherokee Co. Superfund Site
Date Posted: August 27, 2004CHEROKEE COUNTY TRUSTEE COUNCIL United States Department of the Interior State of Kansas The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Kansas Field Office, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks are asking for public review and comment of the Phase I Damage Assessment Plan for the Cherokee County Superfund Site. The Damage Assessment Plan outlines the procedures to be used to evaluate potential injuries to natural resources. If injuries are identified, the agencies may pursue compensation to restore, replace, or acquire the equivalent of the injured natural resources and their services.
Cherokee County, Kansas, is part of the Tri-State Mining District, which was mined extensively for cadmium, lead and zinc for more than a century. As a consequence of these mining and mine-related activities, large amounts of metals were released into the Cherokee County environment. Cadmium, lead, and zinc are potentially toxic to a wide variety of organisms, including birds, mammals, fish, mussels, plants, and other biota.
Copies of the Damage Assessment Plan are available at the Public Libraries in Columbus, KS, Galena, KS, Baxter Springs, KS, Joplin, MO, and Miami, OK, and on the internet at:
The Public Review period begins August 13, 2004 and will extend to September 13, 2004. Comments may be mailed to Mr. Leo Henning, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, 1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 410, Topeka, KS 66612-1367.