Hudson River Natural Resource Damage Assessment
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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.
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. 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.
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:
2. Write in the subject:
3. You will receive a confirmation e-mail to which you MUST reply within 24 hours.