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Draft Study Plan for Mink Injury Investigations for the Hudson River
Date Posted: June 16, 2006A Draft Study Plan for Mink Injury Investigations for the Hudson River is now available for public review and comment. Comments should be submitted by July 15, 2006.
Background: Natural resources of the Hudson River have been contaminated through past and ongoing discharges of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees - New York State, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of the Interior - are conducting a natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) to assess and restore those natural resources injured by PCBs.
Many species of mammals rely on the Hudson River, including its floodplain, for habitat, food, and as a breeding ground. Mammals that depend on the river for food and habitat include otter, muskrat, raccoon, beaver, and mink. The Hudson River NRDA Plan identified mink and otter health as an area of biological injury investigation. Mink are the subject of this draft Study Plan for an injury determination effort as part of the Hudson River NRDA
Based on the results of preliminary investigations conducted by the Trustees, input from a panel of mammal experts, review of the existing mink and otter toxicology literature, and considering factors such as the life history of mink and goals of the NRDA, the Trustees have determined that it is appropriate to conduct further investigations focused on mink to be initiated in the year 2006.
Pursuant to the Hudson River NRDA Plan, the Trustees have developed this Draft Study Plan for a mink injury determination effort. This Draft Study Plan describes a laboratory study the Trustees propose to undertake to evaluate whether mink reproduction and/or development is affected as a result of exposure to PCBs from the Hudson River.
In accordance with the Hudson River NRDA Plan, the Trustees are issuing this Draft Study Plan for public review and comment.
Ms. Kathryn Jahn