[Federal Register: May 25, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 102)]
[Page 33823]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Notice of Availability of Addendum #3 to the Assessment Plan: 
Lower Fox River/Green Bay Natural Resource Damage Assessment

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of 30-day comment period.


SUMMARY: Notice is given that the document entitled: ``Third Assessment 
Plan Addendum: Lower Fox River/Green Bay NRDA'' (``The Addendum'') will 
be available for public review and comment on the date of publication 
in the Federal Register.
    The U.S. Department of the Interior (``Department''), the U.S. 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Menominee Indian 
Tribe of Wisconsin, the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, and the 
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have asserted trusteeship for 
natural resources considered in this assessment, pursuant to subpart G 
of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency 
Plan, 40 CFR 300.600, 300.605, and 300.610, and Executive Order 12580, 
52 F.R. 2923 (Jan. 23, 1987).
    The assessment, including the activities addressed in this 
addendum, will be conducted in accordance with the Natural Resource 
Damage Assessment Regulations found at 43 CFR part 11, to the extent 
applicable. The public review of the Addendum announced by this Notice 
is provided for in 43 CFR 11.32(C).
    Interested members of the public are invited to review and comment 
on the Addendum. Copies of the Addendum, and the ``Assessment Plan: 
Lower Fox River/Green Bay NRDA'' (``The Plan'') issued on August 23, 
1996 (FR Doc. 96-21520), can be requested from the address listed 
below, or downloaded from the following web site: http://www.fws.gov/
r3pao/nrda. All written comments will be considered and included in the 
Report of Assessment, at the conclusion of the assessment process.

DATES: Written comments on the Addendum must be submitted on or before 
June 26,2000.

ADDRESSES: Requests for copies of the Addendum and/or the Plan may be 
made to: David Allen, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1015 Challenger 
Court, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54311.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of this natural resource damage 
assessment is to confirm and quantify the suspected injuries to natural 
resources in the Lower Fox River, Green Bay, and Lake Michigan 
environment resulting from exposure to hazardous substances released by 
area paper mills and other potential sources. It is suspected that this 
exposure has caused injury to trustee resources. The injury and 
resultant damages will be assessed under the Comprehensive 
Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, as amended, 
and the Clean Water Act, as amended.
    The objective of this Addendum is to initiate a process through 
which the governmental partners will attempt to arrive at a single 
coordinated Restoration and Compensation Determination Plan that 
integrates the ongoing state and federal/tribal natural resource damage 
assessments and to notify the public regarding this process.

William F. Hartwig,
Regional Director, Region 3, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 00-13133 Filed 5-24-00; 8:45 am]