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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Kansas Field office
|2609 Anderson Avenue
Manhattan, Kansas 66502

November 9, 2006
Contacts:  John Miesner, 785-539-3474, ext. 103  (Available 11-13-06)
                   Sharon Rose, 303-236-4580


The Kansas Field Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is asking for public review and comment on preliminarily-identified environmental restoration alternatives for addressing mining-related contamination in and/or near Cherokee County. The Service has preliminarily identified a number of potential restoration alternatives and wishes to invite the public to comment on these alternatives. To that end, the Service will hold an Open House meeting on November 20, 2006 at the Baxter Springs Community Center, located at 1101 East Ave., Baxter Springs, Kansas. The Open House will begin at 9 AM, and Service personnel will be available to explain the alternatives and answer questions. At 7 PM, the Service will give a presentation on the restoration alternatives, and a formal question-and-answer period will follow.

Cherokee County, Kansas, is part of the Tri-State Mining District, which was mined extensively for lead, cadmium, and zinc for more than a century. As a consequence of these mining and mine-related activities, large amounts of metals were released into the Cherokee County environment. Lead, cadmium, and zinc are potentially toxic to a wide variety of organisms, including birds, mammals, fish, mussels, plants, and other biota.

Eagle-Picher Industries, Inc. (Eagle-Picher) and LTV Corporation (LTV) formerly owned and operated mines within Cherokee County, Kansas. During the companies’ bankruptcy proceedings the Service submitted claims for damages in compensation for mining-related injuries to natural resources. Negotiations ensued, and Service eventually received an award from the two bankruptcy estates for use in restoring the area's natural resources.

The public is invited to provide comments on the identified alternatives, or suggestions for additional alternatives, during the Open House. Comments or suggestions may also be submitted to the Service at the address above, ATTN: Cherokee County Restoration. The comment period will begin on November 13, 2006 and will extend to December 13, 2006.

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