Palmerton Zinc Pile Damage Assessment

This site has been developed to provide updates on the ongoing natural resource damage assessment and restoration efforts for the Palmerton zinc smelting plant, Borough of Palmerton, Carbon County, Pennsylvania.


Press Release: Restoration Effort Moving Forward with Land Acquisitions as Part of $21 Million Palmerton Zinc Natural Resource Damages Settlement

Palmerton press release 29 May 2013 (pdf)

News Items About Palmerton Zinc Pile Damage Assessment:

Fact Sheet: Recreational Fishing Improvement Projects for the Palmerton Zinc Pile NRDA (pdf)

Notice of Availability of the Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Palmerton Zinc Pile Superfund Site Natural Resource Damage Assessment, Pennsylvania

Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (2.20 MB pdf)

The Plan is also available at the Palmerton Area Library, 402 Delaware Avenue Palmerton, Pennsylvania 18071. Comments that were submitted during the public comment period are addressed in this FINAL Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment.

The Trustee Council is currently reviewing potential restoration projects. The public can still recommend individual projects for the Trustee Council to consider in implementing the Restoration Plan. To submit a potential project, please use the following form:

Link to Form

The completed form can be mailed to:

Kathleen Patnode
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
315 South Allen St Suite 322
State College, PA 16801

or emailed to: Kathleen_Patnode@fws.gov


PRESS RELEASE: FIVE COMPANIES AGREE TO $21 MILLION SETTLEMENT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGES IN PENNSYLVANIA (August 3, 2009)


Additional Documents Currently Available

The links below will allow you to view reports and other documents prepared by the Palmerton Trustee Council, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Department of the Interior), concerning the Palmerton Zinc Pile Natural Resources Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR). If you have any questions concerning information found in any of these reports or any other comments related to the Palmerton Zince Pile NRDAR, please contact us via telephone or email:

Cindy Tibbott , FWS, Ecological Services, Pennsylvania Field Office, 814-234-4090

Some reports are in pdf format and will require the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these documents. PDF files may be large so note the file size before downloading.

Ecotoxicology Studies with Pore Water, Sediments, and Surface Water from the Palmerton Zinc Site, by John Besser, Bill Brumbaugh, and Chris Ingersoll, June 2009. (pdf).

Appalachian Trail Hiking Study: Assessment of Hiking Activity in Areas Potentially Impacted by Contamination. January 2008. (pdf).

Forest Investigations: Evaluation of Injury to Forest Habitat Resulting from Metals-Contaminated Soils. January 2008. (pdf).

Aquatic Investigations: Evaluation of Injury to Aquatic Habitat Resulting from Metals Contamination. January 2008. (pdf).

Palmerton Zinc Pile Superfund Site Natural Resource Damage Assessment Plan. February 2006. (2MB pdf).

Data Report for the Scoping Study on Metal Contaminant Levels in Forest Soils and Concurrent Habitat Evaluation for the Palmerton Zinc Natural Resource Damage Assessment, Palmerton, Pennsylvania. January 30, 2007. (1.1MB pdf ).

Data Report for the Scoping Study on Metal Contaminant Levels in Sediment and Concurrent Aquatic Habitat Evaluation for the Palmerton Zinc Natural Resource Damage Assessment, Palmerton, Pennsylvania. January 30, 2007. (1.8MB pdf)

Restoring Our Resources -
Pennsylvania's Palmerton Zinc Pile: Blue Mountian, Stony Ridge, Aquashicola Creek and the Lehigh River
. April 2004. (pdf).

Natural Resources Trustee Activities at the Palmerton Zinc Pile Superfund Site. April 2004. (pdf).

Preassessment Screen Determination for the Palmerton Zinc Pile Superfund Site. December 2003. (640KB pdf).

Memorandum of Agreement (1.0MB pdf) Among the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and United States Department of Interior Regarding Natural Resource Damage Assessment, Restoration, and Other Natural Resource Trustee Activities for the Palmerton Zinc Pile Superfund Site. November 2003.


Trustee links:

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) - Palmerton Zinc Pile Site

Pennsylvania Game Commission Homepage

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Press Release - FEDERAL AND STATE NATURAL RESOURCE AGENCIES JOIN FORCES TO SEEK RESTORATION OF FORESTS AND STREAMS NEAR PALMERTON

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Homepage.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Damage Assessment and Restoration Program. Homepage.

US Environmental Protection Agency - Mid-Atlantic Hazardous Site Cleanup: Palmerton Zinc

US Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Contaminants Program, Habitat Restoration Homepage

 

Last updated: May 31, 2013