[Federal Register: June 20, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 118)]
[Page 35446]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Draft Study Plan

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), on behalf of the 
Department of the Interior (DOI) as a natural resource trustee, 
announces the release for public review of the Draft Study Plan for a 
mink injury study for the Hudson River Natural Resource Damage 
Assessment (NRDA). The Draft Study Plan describes the Trustees' 
proposed approach to conducting this investigation, and seeks public 

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before July 15, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Requests for copies of the Draft Study Plan may be made in 
person or by mail to: Ms. Kathryn Jahn, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
New York Field Office, 3817 Luker Road, Cortland, New York 13045. 
Written comments or materials regarding the Draft Study Plan should be 
sent to the same address.

Contaminants Branch, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, New York Field 
Office, 3817 Luker Road, Cortland, New York 13045.
    Interested parties may also call 607-753-9334, send electronic mail 
to kathryn_jahn@fws.gov, or visit the FWS Hudson River NRDA Web site 
) where the Draft Study Plan is posted.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Natural resources of the Hudson River have 
been contaminated though past and ongoing discharges of polychlorinated 
biphenyls (PCBs). The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees--New York 
State, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of the 
Interior, are conducting a NRDA to assess those natural resources 
injured by PCBs. The Draft Study Plan is being released for public 
review and comment in accordance with the Trustees' NRDA Plan for the 
Hudson River issued in September 2002. That NRDA Plan was released in 
accordance with the Natural Resource Damage Assessment regulations 
found at Title 43 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 11.
    Pursuant to the Hudson River NRDA plan, the Trustees have developed 
this Study Plan for a mink injury determination effort. Interested 
members of the public are invited to review and comment on the Draft 
comments received on the Draft Study Plan will be considered and a 
response provided either through incorporation into the Final Study 
Plan or by letter to the commenter. The Trustees will also prepare a 
Responsiveness Summary, responding to public comments, that will be 
released to the public.
    Author: The primary author of this notice is Ms. Kathryn Jahn, New 
York Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 3817 Luker Road, 
Cortland, NY 13045.

    Authority: The authority for this action is the Comprehensive 
Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, as 
amended (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq.

    Dated: June 14, 2006.
Richard O. Bennett,
Acting Regional Director, Region 5, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. E6-9652 Filed 6-19-06; 8:45 am]