[Federal Register: July 6, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 129)]
[Page 37041]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Notice of Availability, Final Restoration Plan

AGENCY: U.S. 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 the sole natural resource trustee, 
announces the release of the Final Restoration Plan (RP) for the 
Cortese Landfill Superfund Site (Site). As a result of remedial 
activities and off-Site migration of Site-related contaminants, 1.6 
acres of wetlands were destroyed and/or degraded. Adversely affected 
natural resources include waterfowl, wading birds, hawks, woodpeckers, 
swallows, migratory songbirds, invertebrates, reptiles, and amphibians. 
In addition, the section of the Upper Delaware River watershed near the 
Site hosts the largest population of wintering bald eagles in the 
Northeast. An embayment of the Delaware River adjacent to the Site 
provides feeding and/or spawning habitat for forage fish, American 
shad, striped bass, and American eel. the funds available from this 
settlement for restoration activities total approximately $85,000. The 
restoration project selected for implementation in the Final RP 
involves wet meadow/wetland restoration and protection.
    The Final RP presents the preferred alternative consisting of a 
restoration project that compensates for injuries to natural resources 
caused by contaminant releases and remedial activities associated with 
the Site.

ADDRESSES: Requests for copies of the RP may be made to: U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, New York Field Office, 3817 Luker road, Cortland, New 
York 13045.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ken Karwowski, Environmental 
Contaminants Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, New York Field 
Office, 3817 Luker Road, Cortland, New York 13045. Interested parties 
may also contact Mr. Karwowski by telephone at 607-753-9334 or by 
electronic mail at the following address: Ken_Karwowski@fws.gov for 
further information.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In May 1996, a natural resource damage 
settlement was achieved for the Cortese Landfill Superfund Site. The 
Service, on behalf of the DOI, was the sole settling natural resource 
Trustee. The funds available from the settlement for restoration 
activities total approximately $85,000. The RP is being released in 
accordance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation 
and Liability Act of 1980 as amended, (CERCLA) (42 U.S.C. 9601 et 
seq.), the Department of the Interior's Natural Resource Damage 
Assessment Regulations (43 CFR, part 11), and the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 45 U.S.C. 4371 et seq., and 42 CFR part 
1500. The Final RP is intended to describe the Trustee's selected 
alternative to restore natural resources injured as a result of the 
discharge of hazardous substances at or from the Site.
    Based on an evaluation of various restoration alternatives, the 
preferred alternative consists of a restoration project involving wet 
meadow/wetland restoration and protection.
    Interested members of the public are invited to review the RP. 
Copies of the RP are available for review at the Service's New York 
Field Office at 3817 Luker Road, Cortland, New York. Additionally, the 
RP will be available for review at the following Web site link (http://nyfo.fws.gov/ec/CorteseFRP.pdf
). Written comments on the Draft RP were 

considered and addressed in the Final RP.
    Author: The primary author of this notice is Ken Karwowski, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, New York Field Office, 3817 Luker Road, 
Cortland, New York 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.), and the Department of 
the Interior's Natural Resource Damage Assessment Regulations found 
at 43 CFR, part 11.

    Dated: April 20, 2007.
Thomas J. Healy,
Acting Regional Director, Region 5, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
U.S. Department of the Interior, DOI Authorized Official.
[FR Doc. 07-3282 Filed 7-5-07; 8:45 am]