Pennsylvania Field Office News
Notice of Availability, Final Restoration Plan Addendum for Jacks Creek Superfund Site and Keystone Sanitation Landfill Superfund Site
October 28, 2015: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on behalf of the Department of Interior, as the sole natural resource trustee, announces the release of the Final Restoration Plan Addendum for the “Jacks Creek Superfund Site Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment” (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2000) and to the “Keystone Sanitation Landfill Superfund Site Final Restoration Plan” (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2007). Due to the release of hazardous materials at Jacks Creek/Sitkin Smelting Superfund Site and Keystone Sanitation Landfill Superfund Site, migratory bird habitat, such as upland forests and wetlands, were destroyed or injured by contamination. The restoration projects originally selected to compensate for natural resource damages at the two Superfund sites were successfully implemented for less than the projected cost, and a combined total of $59,825 remains for additional restoration projects. Since the natural resource claims for both Sites were injuries to migratory birds and their habitat, the Service proposed to combine the funds for an additional project that will benefit the injured resources. This addendum describes the proposed additional project to create and enhance wetland habitat at three adjacent properties in Mifflin County that are under permanent conservation easement.
FWS issued the Draft Restoration Plan Addendum for public review on August 4, 2015 and accepted public comments through September 6, 2015. The notice of availability was published in the Lewistown Sentinel, the Hanover Evening Sun, and on the FWS Pennsylvania Field Office website. No comments were received.
Final Restoration Plan Addendum for Jacks Creek Superfund Site and Keystone Sanitation Landfill Superfund Site (PDF - 10.83MB)
Eastern massasauga proposed as threatened under Endangered Species Act
In the Northeast, eastern massasaugas are found in New York and Pennsylvania.
Credit: Mike Redmer/USFWS
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to list the eastern massasauga rattlesnake as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The rattlesnake, which has been a candidate for listing since 1999, has declined over the past decades as its wetland habitat has disappeared and as people have intentionally killed it. More than 30 percent of the historical populations are now extirpated and many more (20 percent) are of uncertain status.