[Federal Register: November 15, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 219)]
[Page 61931-61932]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Notice of Availability, Final restoration 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 of the final Restoration Plan (Final Plan) for 
the Hi View Terrace Superfund Site. The Final Plan describes the DOI's 
plan to restore natural resources injured as a result of remedial 
actions undertaken to address the release of hazardous substances from 
the Hi View Terrace Superfund Site.
    The Hi View Terrace Superfund Site (Site) consists of lots at 100, 
110, and 116 Hi View Terrace in West Seneca, New York, portions of 
which were filled with cyanide-contaminated material. A removal action 
was subsequently undertaken in 1988 and 1989. A total of 5,600 tons of 
soil and debris were removed, and the area backfilled with clean 
material. About 0.5 acre of wetland at the Site was lost due to the 
remedial work, reducing the quantity and quality of wetlands available 
for wildlife. As compensation for this loss we reached a settlement of 
$25,000 with the Responsible Party.
    The Final Plan is being released in accordance with the Natural 
Resource Damage Assessment Regulations found at Title 43 of the Code of 
Federal Regulation Part 11. A Draft Restoration Plan (Draft Plan) was 
issued by the DOI on June 15, 1999, requesting public comment. A Notice 
of Availability of the Draft Plan was published in the Federal Register 
on June 11, 1999. The Draft Plan described several habitat restoration 
and protection alternatives identified by the DOI, and evaluated each 
of the possible alternatives based on all relevant considerations. The 
DOI's Preferred Alternative identified in the Draft Plan entailed the 
use of $25,000 by the Town of West Seneca to purchase a 17-acre parcel 
of land along Cazenovia Creek to create the Cazenovia Creek Nature 
Preserve. Based on an evaluation of the potential impacts of the 
various alternatives in the Draft Plan, and a consideration of public 
comments received, the DOI has selected the project identified in the 
Draft Plan as the Preferred Alternative, the Cazenovia Creek Nature 
Preserve, for implementation. Details regarding this project are 
contained in the Final Plan.
    The Final Revised Procedures for the Service for implementing the 
National Environmental Policy Act, published in the Federal Register on 
January 16, 1997, provide a categorical exclusion for natural resource 
damage assessment restoration plans prepared under CERCLA when only 
minor or negligible change in the use of the affected areas in planned. 
The DOI has determined that the Preferred Alternative will result in 
only a minor change in the use of the affected area. Accordingly this 
Restoration Plan is for a categorical exclusion under NEPA. The Final 
Plan includes an Environmental Action Statement documenting this 

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Requests for copies of the Final Plan and 
Environmental Action Statement, or for any additional information, 
should be directed to Kathryn Jahn, Environmental Contaminants Branch, 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, New York Field Office, 3817 Luker Road, 
Cortland, New York 13045, telephone (607) 753-9334.
    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.

    Dated: October 28, 1999.
M.A. Parker,
Acting Regional Director, Region 5, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 99-28987 Filed 11-12-99; 8:45 am]