[Federal Register: July 10, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 132)]
[Page 45756-45757]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Notice of Availability of the Assessment Plan for the Natural 
Resource Damage Assessment at the St. Louis River Interlake/Duluth Tar 
Superfund Site

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior

ACTION: Notice of 30 day comment period.


SUMMARY: Notice is given that the document titled ``Assessment Plan for 
the Natural Resource Damage Assessment at the St. Louis River 
Interlake/Duluth Tar Superfund Site, Draft 6/24/02'' (``the Plan'') 
will be available for public review and comment on the date of 
publication in the Federal Register. The U.S. Departments of the 
Interior (Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs) and 
Commerce (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), the State 
of Minnesota (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota 
Pollution Control Agency), the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior 
Chippewa, and the 1854 Authority (representing the Bois Forte Band and 
Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) are trustees for natural 
resources (``trustees'') considered in this assessment, pursuant to 
subpart G of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution 
Contingency Plan, 40 CFR 300.600 and 300.610, and Executive Order 
    The trustees are following the guidance of the Natural Resource 
Damage Assessment Regulations found at 43 CFR part 11. The public 
review of the Plan announced by this Notice is provided for in 43 CFR 
    Interested members of the public are invited to review and comment 
on the Plan. Copies of the Plan can be requested from the address 
listed below. All written comments will be considered by the trustees 
and included

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in the Report of Assessment at the conclusion of the assessment 

DATES: Written comments on the Plan must be submitted within 30 days of 
the date of this Notice.

ADDRESSES: Comments on the Plan should be sent to: Marilyn Danks, 
Trustee Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 
Division of Ecological Services, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 
    Requests for copies of the Plan may be made to the Trustee 
Coordinator at the address listed above. The Trustee Coordinator will 
provide copies of all comments to all trustees.
    You may also submit requests for copies of the Plan, and comments 
on the Plan, by sending electronic mail (e-mail) to: 
marilyn.danks@dnr.state.mn.us See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for 
information about electronic mailing and access.

    Case Management and Logistical Information: Dave Warburton, 612-
725-3548 (x203).
    Technical Information: Annette Trowbridge, 612-725-3548 (x202).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The trustees are undertaking an assessment 
of damages resulting from suspected injuries to natural resources in 
and near the Lower St. Louis River that have been exposed to hazardous 
substances released by industrial activity at the St. Louis River 
Interlake/Duluth Tar Superfund Site. The trustees suspect this exposure 
has caused injury and resultant damages 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, in order to determine the appropriate 
type and extent of resource restoration. The Plan addresses the 
trustees' overall assessment approach, and utilizes both existing data 
as well as additional data to be collected as described in study in 
workplans attached to the Plan. Plan addenda may be prepared by the 
trustees to provide public notice of additional data collection 
activities. Restoration of natural resources will be proposed by the 
trustees following the assessment.
    You may submit comments on the Plan by sending electronic mail (e-
mail) to: marily.danks@dnr.state.mn.us. Do not use any special 
characters or forms of encryption in your e-mail. The trustees also 
accept comments in WordPerfect and Word versions as attachments to the 
e-mail or on disk. You may also request copies of the Plan by sending 
e-mail to the above address.

    Dated: July 1, 2002.
Marvin E. Moriarty,
Regional Director, Region 3, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 02-17251 Filed 7-9-02; 8:45 am]