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This case addresses natural resource injuries that have occurred due to the release of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) to the Hudson River, primarily from General Electric's Hudson Falls and Fort Edward, New York, manufacturing plants.

Federal and state trustee agencies are studying the effects of the PCB contamination in the Hudson River through a process known as Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA).

 

Current Phase and Next Steps

 

The Hudson River trustees are currently in the Injury Assessment/Restoration Planning phase of the Hudson River damage assessment. This phase can take many years.

 

Restoration Implementation can begin after the case is resolved and funds for restoration work are available to the Trustees.

 

Preliminary Assessment - After a hazardous substance is released, the Trustees determine whether natural resources have been injured and if there is a reasonable probability of making a successful claim for damages with respect to natural resources over which the Trustees have trusteeship. If so, the Trustees proceed to the next phase. The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees completed their Preassessment Screen in 1997 and moved forward with the damage assessment.

Preliminary Assessment

After a hazardous substance is released, the Trustees determine whether natural resources have been injured and if there is a reasonable probability of making a successful claim for damages with respect to natural resources over which the Trustees have trusteeship. If so, the Trustees proceed to the next phase. The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees completed their Preassessment Screen in 1997 and moved forward with the damage assessment.

Injury Assessment/ Restoration Planning - Trustees determine injuries to natural resources, and use that information to determine appropriate actions. Injury Assessment: Trustees released the Hudson River Natural Resource Damage Assessment Plan in 2002, which was the first step in beginning the injury assessment. This assessment is ongoing. The Trustees are currently engaged in scientific studies to identify natural resources injuries caused by PCBs in the Hudson River. Visit our Case Documents section to learn more about our activities. The Trustees are also considering the scientific literature and using that information to guide work to identify injuries caused by PCBs. The Trustees may propose additional injury studies in the future. Restoration Planning: Trustees are developing a plan for restoring the injured natural resources and services. They continue to accept project proposals from the public and look forward to releasing a draft restoration plan for public comment.

Injury Assessment/ Restoration Planning

Trustees determine injuries to natural resources, and use that information to determine appropriate actions.

 

Injury Assessment: Trustees released the Hudson River Natural Resource Damage Assessment Plan in 2002. This assessment is ongoing. The Trustees are currently engaged in scientific studies to identify natural resources injuries caused by PCBs in the Hudson River.

 

Restoration Planning: Trustees are developing a plan for restoring the injured natural resources and services. They continue to accept project proposals from the public and look forward to releasing a draft restoration plan for public comment.

Restoration Implementation - Trustees implement restoration plans. Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees will begin restoration implementation after the case is resolved and funds for restoration work are available to the Trustees.

Restoration Implementation

Trustees implement restoration plans.

 

Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees will begin restoration implementation after the case is resolved and funds for restoration work are available to the Trustees.

 

 

 

 

Learn more about our restoration planning process here.

The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees have established a listserv to provide updates on the ongoing natural resource damage assessment and restoration efforts for the Hudson River. The public is invited to join the listserv for periodic updates on this effort.

To join the Hudson-NRDA listserv:

1. Send a message to:
requests@willamette.nos.noaa.gov

2. Write in the subject:
Subscribe hudsonnrda

3. You will receive a confirmation e-mail to which you MUST reply within 24 hours.


 

 

CONTACT HUDSON RIVER
TRUSTEES


Kathryn Jahn
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
3817 Luker Road
Cortland, NY 13045
607-753-9334
Kathryn_Jahn@fws.gov

 

Tom Brosnan
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1305 East West Highway SSMC4, Room 10219
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-713-3038 x186
Tom.Brosnan@noaa.gov

 

Sean Madden
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, NY 12233
518-402-8977
ssmadden@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Last updated: March 8, 2013