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Injury to the Hudson River (May 2013)

Date Posted: May 20, 2013

Injury to the Hudson River (May 2013):

New York State Department of Health has released a new "Health Advice on Eating Sportfish and Game" booklet,

There is also a Northern Hudson-specific brochure available at their web site.

These fish consumption advisories issued by the State of New York are an injury to a natural resource pursuant to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Natural Resource Damage Assessment regulations (43 CFR Part 11). Those regulations provide that a natural resource injury exists whenever a hazardous substance, such as PCBs, is present in the fish flesh at concentrations sufficient to “exceed levels for which an appropriate State health agency has issued directives to limit or ban consumption of such organism.” Accordingly, a natural resource -- the Hudson River fishery -- has been injured as a result of these health advisories.

Contacts:

Kathryn Jahn (607) 753-9334

Links:

New York State Department of Health booklet: Health Advice on Eating Sportfish and Game.

Please visit the following website to read the final study plan:  http://www.fws.gov/contaminants/restorationplans/HudsonRiver/index.html

Other documents for the Hudson River NRDA are also available at that web site.

Last updated: February 13, 2013